Roseanne Barr Sued by George Zimmerman's Parents: She Sent ‘Lynch Mob’ After Us

Roseanne Barr Sued by George Zimmerman's Parents: She Sent 'Lynch Mob' After Us

Barr tweeted couple's home address

The parents of Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, are suing Roseanne Barr for tweeting their home address in what they say was an attempt to send vigilantes after them.

Robert Zimmerman and Gladys Zimmerman's lawsuit says the actress and comedian also said she herself might go to their home herself. They said she posted their private information in violation of Twitter's privacy policies.

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Roseanne Barr knew at the time of her tweets and her threat to personally come to the Zimmerman's home that it was an open and obvious call for vigilante justice… intended by Roseanne Barr to cause a lynch mob to descend on Robert Zimmerman and Gladys Zimmerman's home,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Seminole County, Fla.

A spokesman for Barr did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

The Zimmermans say Barr tweeted their address on March 29, 2012, later adding, “At first I thought it was good to let ppl know that no one can hide anymore.” She added, “If Zimmerman isn't arrested I'll rt his address again – maybe go to his house myself.”

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But she also wrote, “vigilante-ism is what killed Trayvon. I don't support that,” according to The Smoking Gun website. She also admitted to “not fully understanding that it was private not public.”

Zimmerman's parents said their son had not lived at the home for more than six years.

The couple said they had no problems related to his case in the month before Barr tweeted their address, but that news media began arriving at their home almost as soon as she did. They said they were forced to flee and have not returned to their home in the nearly two years since. They do not claim that any lynch mob ever materialized — only that they had to leave to avoid potential vigilantes.

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But the timeline in their lawsuit conflicts with one Robert Zimmerman gave the Orlando Sentinel in an interview, the paper reported. He said on March 15, 2012 – two weeks before Barr tweeted the address – that he and his wife had already moved out of their home because of death threats, the Sentinel said.

Barr is the second celebrity to be accused of overzealous tweeting involving the Zimmerman case. Another Florida couple has sued Spike Lee for retweeting their address and mistakenly identifying it as Zimmerman's. He later apologized.

George Zimmerman, who said he shot Martin in self-defense, was acquitted in July 2013.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

  • dannyjude63

    I feel that justice was not served in that Zimmerman case, and I like Roseanne Barr. But that is going WAY too far, especially since it was his parents’ address she posted, not Zimmerman's himself. Oh, man.

  • Simone

    did his parents get shot dead in cold blood as did Trayvon Martin ?
    NO….so get over it !
    why do they even want more press ???????
    give me a break !

    • Ashli Hodges

      All he wants is justice. Thats what we all want but we cant have that because we are minorities living in a racist bigotory world. What about these minorities being killed and their killers not going to jail. Wheres the justice in that? but I black woman gets arrested for just firing her gun for safety reason gets years behind bars? You really need to rethink what you are saying.

  • mheister

    It may be in violation of Twitter policy, but that's just one company's rules of the road for using their service. If Zimmerman's parents own that home, the address is a matter of public record.

  • Ashli Hodges

    No thats not the idea.We didnt get justice for the death of trevon martin. What about all these whites killing minorities? Some white guy in florida killed a young black male just because his music was to high. And he didnt get life in prison. What about emmett til? what about the lynchings of innocent blacks through out history. What about the massacre of Native americans? And these little ass land forms called reservations you strand them on. You get the fuck out of here with that shit. and you are so scarred of black people huh?! look at how whites treated minorites through out history from taking them from their home land, being inslaved, being killed (lynchings), being downgraded and not even considered inhumane in society. Dont you dare say that. Trevon Martin was murdered and the man who did it got away scott free. Now whos the animal here?No thats not the idea.We didnt get justice for the death of trevon martin. What about all these whites killing minorities? Some white guy in florida killed a young black male just because his music was to high. And he didnt get life in prison. What about emmett til? what about the lynchings of innocent blacks through out history. What about the massacre of Native americans? And these little ass land forms called reservations you strand them on. You get the fuck out of here with that shit. All he wants is justice. Thats what we all want but we cant have that because we are minorities living in a racist bigotory world. What about these minorities being killed and their killers not going to jail. Wheres the justice in that? but I black woman gets arrested for just firing her gun for safety reason gets years behind bars? You really need to rethink what you are saying. No type of murder should be injustified.

    • Dustin M Yattic

      “All these whites killing minorities . . .” What are you talking about?

      The Department of Justice reports that black-on-white murder is many, many times higher than the reverse.

      • Ashli Hodges

        but how come when it comes to justice we dont get it but when its switched they so quick to throw a black guy in jail

      • Ashli Hodges

        look up syphilis virus tried on Tuskegee airmen

  • frankspeakloud

    In spite of Twitter rules, Roseanne is protected by the 1st Amendment. Although, it's not the parents who killed Trayvon, they are part of the collateral fallout for their son's macho, murdering, paranoid, tough guy with a gun, behavior.

  • Jim Shoez

    Yea, the great part is you stupid people keep accusing him of murder when he's acquitted. That means he can take legal action on you personally for any statement which implies his guilt since he has been proven innocent. Your right to falsely accuse him or threaten him is not protected by the first amendment either.