Spike Lee: Sorry I Tweeted Wrong Zimmerman Address

After director's retweet, David and Elaine McClain had to move out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2012 8:05 AM CDT
Spike Lee, writer/director of "Red Hook Summer," is interviewed at the premiere of the film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Spike Lee apologized last night for a pretty major "oops": retweeting an address that he thought was the address of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, but which was actually the address of a Florida couple with no connection to the case. David and Elaine McClain had to leave their home after receiving hate mail. "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address," the director tweeted. "It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace. Justice In Court".

Elaine McClain has a son from a previous marriage named William George Zimmerman, CNN reports. The man who first tweeted the incorrect address, Marcus D. Higgins, has also apologized. Meanwhile, the McClains have hired an attorney, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "At this point, they have retained us to protect their interests" and their safety, Matt Morgan says. "They've had to move out of their home and their lives have been upended."

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