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Spike Lee sued over false George Zimmerman tweet

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Director Spike Lee is being sued by a couple whose address he falsely identified as being that of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman, EW has confirmed.

The suit, filed by Robert Strick and Julia G. Young on behalf of Elaine and David McClain, claims that Lee tweeted out the McClain’s Florida address along with George Zimmerman’s name to his 240,000-plus Twitter followers in March 2012 and the McClains subsequently received multiple threats that forced them to leave their home.

The suit, filed in September, notes that the McClains reached an undisclosed settlement with Lee on March 29, 2012, but after the settlement and Lee’s apology, the couple continued to be harassed. They are currently seeking damages “in excess of … $15,000,” plus attorneys’ fees and court costs.

When asked about the suit by EW, a rep for Lee didn’t have further comment.