Elaine and David McClain have a son named William George Zimmerman who lived in their home during the 1990s. Unfortunately, their son has been mistaken for the George Zimmerman who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin thanks to a tweet from Spike Lee.
Lee, an activist and filmmaker, retweeted the McClains’ address to his fan base of 250,000 people, claiming that the McClains’ house was actually the home of infamous neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. As a result, the McClains, who are in their 70s, have been forced to leave their home.
Lee tweeted an apology on March 27. His message read, “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace.” However, the McClains want a public apology and a retraction to stop the parade of reporters to their residence as well as the streams of hate mail that they have received since their address was tweeted by Lee.
“It’s almost like we’re the fugitives in this case, and we haven’t done anything,” Elaine McClain said. “As soon as we heard (about Lee’s retweet), we knew we’d be in jeopardy and we had to go.”
Since their address was tweeted, the McClains have been living in a hotel and haven’t returned to their home for more than five minutes at one time. One of the couple, according to Reuters (News - Alert), has a heart condition.
The real George Zimmerman, who reportedly lives about four miles from the McClains’ home, has reportedly been in hiding.
The false information came to Spike Lee from a man named Marcus Higgins. After digging through public records, Higgins claimed that he had found the address of George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin. Higgins then tweeted that address to multiple celebrities.
The elderly couple has retained a lawyer, but they currently claim that they do not want to seek financial damages related to their experience. According to David McClain, he simply wants his life to return to what he calls “a rational state.”
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin