Zimmerman Sues Trayvon's Family, Others for $100M

He alleges there was a conspiracy
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2019 1:52 PM CST
Zimmerman Sues Trayvon's Family, Alleging Conspiracy
This Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, shows George Zimmerman.   (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

Seven years after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against the teen's family, prosecutors, and others tied to the case. The Miami Herald reports the suit is intertwined with a new documentary called the Trayvon Hoax that alleges the teen's family got witnesses to lie. Director Joe Gilbert supplied copies of the suit, which references the film, to the press Wednesday. Zimmerman is seeking $100 million in civil damages over what he alleges is defamation, abuse of civil process, and conspiracy. The suit emphasizes Zimmerman's version of events—that Trayvon attacked him—and alleges Martin's family and their defense attorney conspired "to put on a false witness with a made-to-order false storyline to try to fraudulently create probable cause to" secure a conviction.

That witness is reportedly Rachel Jeantel, per the Sun Sentinel, which has the slightly confusing explanation of the suit's claims: that a week after the case was closed as self-defense, the family's lawyer handed over a recording of "Diamond Eugene," Trayon's teenage girlfriend, who had been on the phone with him prior to his run-in with Zimmerman. The suit alleges Jeantel subsequently presented herself as Diamond Eugene, "provided false statements to incriminate Zimmerman based on coaching from others," and testified at trial. The suit alleges the true Diamond Eugene is Brittany Diamond Eugene, who "refused to bear false witness against Zimmerman." Klayman said these allegations weren't heard during the 2013 trial. (More George Zimmerman stories.)

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