The parents of controversial figure George Zimmerman will be taking comedian and television star Roseanne Barr to court after she tweeted the location of their home in March 2012, according to a report today from Yahoo! News.
Barr sent, and later deleted, the tweet a month after Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
The incident that sparked a debate over race relations in the United States along with Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows residents to stand their “ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
At the time, Zimmerman hadn’t been arrested, claiming he acted under the constraints of the law. A jury would later acquit him of second-degree murder in July 2013.
The lawsuit, filed by Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr., alleges that Barr’s tweet, which could have been seen by any of the celebrity’s 110,000 Twitter followers, caused emotional distress and invaded their privacy.
The lawsuit says Barr behaved “extremely and outrageously in making the tweets which were intended to cause severe emotional distress to Robert and Gladys Zimmerman and great physical harm, if not death."
Barr would later tweet, according to the lawsuit, “If Zimmerman ins’t arrested I’ll rt his address again- maybe go 2 his house myself.”
The tweet allegedly forced Robert and Gladys Zimmerman to flee their home when members of the media descended, though George hadn’t resided at the address for four years.
The lawsuit seeks damages “in excess of $15,000.”
Film director Spike Lee found himself in a similar situation after re-tweeting a post that erroneously gave an address where Zimmerman was said to live, according to a previous Yahoo! News report.