Couple Sues Spike Lee for Tweeting Home Address, Creating 'Mob Mentality'
The apology wasn't enough, apparently.
Spike Lee is being sued by the Sanford, FL couple whose address the filmmaker tweeted thinking it was where George Zimmerman lived. Lee was livid at Zimmerman, the Florida man eventually acquitted of second degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Lee apologized to the couple last year and the two sides reached what appeared to be a final settlement over the matter. Now, the couple in question is taking the director to court.
... the lawsuit contends that other people continued to tweet and retweet the address afterward, causing them "substantial injury." Lee, the suit claims, negligently encouraged "a dangerous mob mentality among his Twitter followers" and the public.
The lawsuit claims the couple still have trouble sleeping and are anxious and fearful. It also alleges that the market value of their home has dropped because of the publicity.
They are seeking more than $15,000, the standard in cases filed Circuit Court, where the suit was filed in September. The case was transferred in October to federal court.
The couple also reserve their right to seek punitive damages, the lawsuit states.