In 2012, George Zimmerman made international headlines when he was tried–and acquitted–for the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin. Now, seven years later, Zimmerman has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Martin’s parents and others for what his lawyer calls a “cover up” and a “fraud.”
There are many claims in this lawsuit, including defamation of character, fraud, and conspiracy, but the central argument of the lawsuit is that a false witness took the stand during the trial, according to Zimmerman’s lawyers.
They allege that the girl who testified and claimed to be on the phone with Martin at the time of the killing was, in fact, the sister of the girl who was actually talking to him at the time.
It is important to note that Zimmerman’s lawyer, Larry Klayman, is the same lawyer who filed a lawsuit in 2008 claiming that Barack Obama could not be President because he was not a natural born citizen.
This isn’t the first time that Zimmerman has made controversy since the trial. He has been arrested for domestic violence twice, though no charges were ever filed, and in 2016 he got over $130,000 by selling the gun that killed Trayvon Martin in an online auction.
This is a developing story, and we will be sure to report on any new details as the come to light.