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
George Zimmerman is seen in a video released by attorney Howard Iken yesterday.   (AP Photo/Howard Iken)
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(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. (Read more Roseanne Barr stories.)

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