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George Zimmerman Faces Stalking Charge For Allegedly Harassing Man Working On Trayvon Martin Film
A criminal complaint details the vulgar threats Zimmerman allegedly sent in dozens of angry messages.
Fifty-five calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemails and 27 emails in just nine days. That’s what to expect from George Zimmerman if you get on his bad side, according to a Seminole County sheriff’s report obtained by Oxygen.com.
Zimmerman, who was cleared of murder charges for the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, now faces a misdemeanor stalking charge for allegedly harassing and threatening Dennis Albert Warren, a private investigator, in Seminole County, Florida.
Warren told police he initially contacted Zimmerman in September 2017 to ask if he would participate in a TV documentary about Martin’s death. The film, "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story," is executive produced by Jay-Z and will air in July.
Zimmerman became incensed, apparently because Warren had visited Zimmerman’s uncle in his home.
“He’s well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?” Zimmerman texted to one of the film’s producers in reference to Warren, according to the sheriff's report.
The harassment escalated over a series of vulgar messages in December, according to the complaint. In one message, Zimmerman sent Warren a story from theblast.com that quoted Zimmerman saying, "I know how to handle people who f--- with me, I have since February of 2012." That's the month he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
Zimmerman also sent Warren messages including, "I’ll show up at your home you F---ING P---Y" and "Anyone who f---s with my parents will be fed to an alligator," the complaint says.
When sheriff deputies contacted Zimmerman to investigate the stalking charge, one asked, “Is this George Zimmerman?” Zimmerman, recognizing a female officer from past encounters, responded, “You f---ing c---, what do you want?” according to the report.
Zimmerman successfully argued self-defense in the Martin case, claiming he shot the teen after they got into a brawl in a gated community where Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch coordinator. The acquittal sparked protests nationwide that became a foundation for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Zimmerman has hardly avoided the law, or controversy, since then. In October 2016, Matthew Apperson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun at Zimmerman. Apperson, like Zimmerman, claimed self-defense using Florida’s controversial "stand your ground" law. But unlike Zimmerman, he was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, despite arguing that Zimmerman had drawn on him first.
Zimmerman has also twice been charged with assault.
He is set to be arraigned for the stalking charge May 30. Zimmerman did not return requests for comment.