George Zimmerman has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the family of the teenager he shot nearly eight years ago. The suit, which names Trayvon Martin’s parents, their attorney, and others, alleges that Zimmerman was the victim of a conspiracy, malicious prosecution and defamation.
In 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges related to the shooting death of 17-year-old, unarmed Trayvon Martin. Facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, Zimmerman claimed he shot Trayvon in self-defense during a scuffle.
The lawsuit alleges that the prosecution’s key witness, Rachel Jeantel was a “fake witness.” Jeantel testified that she was on the phone with Martin just before the shooting. The suit accuses Jeantel of standing in for another teenager, Brittany Diamond Eugene, whom the suit describes as Jeantel’s half-sister who did not want to testify in the case.
The suit also alleges defamation by Martin’s family attorney Benjamin Crump and names Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, along with Jeantel and Eugene. Also included in the suit are several Florida prosecutors, the state of Florida and its law enforcement department.
Martin’s family has responded with a statement saying there’s no evidence to back Zimmerman’s contentions that he was the victim of a conspiracy.
Benjamin Crump’s office responded to the suit saying:
“I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is – another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.”
Accusing Zimmerman of “revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions,” Crump, Fulton and Martin said there is no credible proof to back Zimmerman’s claims.
“This tale defies logic,” they said, “and it’s time to close the door on these baseless imaginings.”