Zimmermans Sue Roseanne Over 'Vigilante' Tweets

They claim Barr forced them to go into hiding

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2014 3:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's parents are taking Roseanne Barr to court, accusing her of trying to get "a lynch mob" to their home by tweeting their address weeks after their son shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Barr soon deleted the tweet but later tweeted "If Zimmerman isn't arrested I'll rt his address again—maybe go 2 his house myself," reports USA Today. Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, who are seeking unspecified damages, say the tweets forced them to go into hiding, even though George hadn't lived with them for years.

Barr, however, tweeted the address on March 29, 2012, and the couple told the Orlando Sentinel on March 15 that they had already gone into hiding after receiving death threats, the paper notes. Their son, meanwhile, released an interview yesterday in which he denies being racist and says he is trying to be a good person, the AP reports. He says the interview is an attempt to "show America who I truly am" and speaks of someday becoming a defense attorney or civil rights lawyer. "On a grand scale, I would like to make enough of an impact on the judicial system so that what happens to me never happens to anybody," he says.

George Zimmerman is seen in a video released by attorney Howard Iken yesterday.
George Zimmerman is seen in a video released by attorney Howard Iken yesterday.   (AP Photo/Howard Iken)
Roseanne Barr listens to a question from a member of the Television Critics Association.
Roseanne Barr listens to a question from a member of the Television Critics Association.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Gladys Zimmerman looks to her husband Robert Zimmerman Sr. during closing arguments for the state in their son's trial last year.
Gladys Zimmerman looks to her husband Robert Zimmerman Sr. during closing arguments for the state in their son's trial last year.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
George Zimmerman's parents, Robert Zimmerman Sr., left, and Gladys Zimmerman sit in court for closing arguments in their son's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman's parents, Robert Zimmerman Sr., left, and Gladys Zimmerman sit in court for closing arguments in their son's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013....   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
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