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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN SUES NBC AND REPORTERS

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money in Seminole County, outside Orlando. Also named in the complaint were three reporters covering the story for NBC or an NBC-owned television station.

The complaint said the airing of the edited call has inflicted emotional distress on Zimmerman, making him fear for his life and causing him to suffer nausea, insomnia and anxiety.

The lawsuit claims NBC edited his phone call to a dispatcher in February. In the call, Zimmerman describes following Martin in the gated community where he lived, just moments before he fatally shot the 17-year-old teen during a confrontation.

“NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create a myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain,” the lawsuit claims.

 

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  1. Diann

    December 7th, 2012

    And speaking as someone who is not a litigious person, I hope he takes them to the cleaners.

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  2. Mr.Gates

    December 7th, 2012

    I hope he wins millions.

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  3. thirdtwin

    December 7th, 2012

    He should also sue the shit out of the Trayvon Martin family lawyers who are profiteering with their phony charities and sick Trayvon gew gaws.

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  4. hanoverfist

    December 7th, 2012

    Good!

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  5. Beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    This sounds nasty. When my computer and phone were hacked I went to a lawyer out of desperation and that lead me to a p.i. who has alot of experience and connections with some that work for Fox News but I could not afford a full investigation. He said my case was beyond belief and didn’t know how I was maintaining a normal life because if it. I explained that it was the worst thing I had ever exp

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  6. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    experienced but that I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t know where it was coming from or why.

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  7. MNHawk

    December 7th, 2012

    There’s presidence. NBC was sued (successfully) by Richard Jewell, when they did the same thing to him.

    There’s a cost associated with playing to your dumbass audience of NBC news viewers. Hopefully it’s again very high.

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  8. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    People told me that there were cameras in my studio and my house.

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  9. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    I still get messages about my appearance. Just last week or so there was one about how I should wear clothing that fits me well and in fact I had worn jeans that kept falling down the day before when I went to the store.

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  10. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    The stuff that happened is endless…the movies..the stuff online, the cameras, the phone and computer. One day an image appeared on my computer screen (with browser closed) that looked like the tool bar in Photoshop for instance but it was for film editing software. It faded in and out on my monitor and then disappeared. Then someone told me it was Bollywood.

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  11. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    Also the stuff that happened at work was weird. People that I work with started asking me questions about my personal life that I had not shared with any of them and most of it didn’t make sense. I was completely perplexed. One day a customer who lives in a house far from the road left me a nasty note in her mailbox telling me that i better stay off my cell phone and that I talk too much. I didn’t know this person and had no idea how she would even know if I use a cell phone.

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  12. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    People at work told me to stay away from a particular artist that I hardly know to begin with. My boss asked me where the gallery was that this artist worked at and then told me he liked art and was going to go there. They pasted notes on the door frame so that I would see them as I left for the day.

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  13. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    They said they were “the help”.

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  14. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    then that artist started making paintings that were about things in my life but I don’t know who was giving him information. Most of the paintings made sense if not at first but later I realized what they were.

    The first thing that ever happened though was around 4 years ago when my husband and I were dancing on the upper level of our house with the blinds closed at night. After when I returned to twitter there was a thread that said how’s the party going…..and it said ~ what am I supposed to do with that?

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  15. Stirrin the B.S.

    December 7th, 2012

    beverly you forgot to take your meds this morning. Now be a good girl and do as the doctor told you.

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  16. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    I’ve been harassed for years. I kept making new fb pages to try to get away from it and deleting people because I didn’t know where it was coming from. I posted a notice on my page about how everything was copyrighted and nobody could legally use anything I had written or created but that didn’t seem to make any difference. Plus I had the trademark and did copyright several things through Legal Zoom.

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  17. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    I believe the vignette that I wrote about Maura going on an assignment to discover who had landed on Mars was made into a film but I’m not sure about that.

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  18. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    Well if you don’t believe me the p.i. can verify all of it because I saved the screenshots and he totally believed everything I told him.

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  19. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    I don’t take meds and I’ve never had a reason to my entire life. I still don’t even through this crap :)

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  20. MNHawk

    December 7th, 2012

    Why is my post filtered?

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  21. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    There are several people who I told about this stuff even early on including trusted neighbors and friends.

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  22. Anonymous

    December 7th, 2012

    Lets go shopping today beverly. Wear the blue coat.

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  23. Moe tom

    December 7th, 2012

    I think Beverly is pulling a fillabuster(sp). I hope George Zimmerman wins big time.
    Now back to you Beverly.

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  24. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    No, I’m the artist that did the political piece with BigFurHat.

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  25. bob

    December 7th, 2012

    I am guessing that Zimmerman will have a really hard time finding work for quite a long time, so he needs to sue for enough to live comfortably on for the rest of his life, Obamacare and high taxes accounted for. Not to mention personal security expenses and legal fees.

    I’m thinking over 150 million at least.

    Plus a 10 minute prime time apology repeated every day for a month, perhaps same apology in print on the covers of the NYT, WSJ and USAToday.

    And maybe a hour long special where they actually portray the truth of his background and what really happened that night and the weeks/months afterwards and how the Obama admin and the leftists glommed onto it as a distraction from Obama’s executive orders and whatnot.

    Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

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  26. beverly

    December 7th, 2012

    The straight jacket.

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  27. Xavier

    December 7th, 2012

    Zimmerman’s life ain’t worth squat. When millions of people want you dead, you can’t hide. Someone spots him, Twitters, a few hours later he’s another causality of Barry’s class/race war. Even if he left the country I think he’d be hunted down. No amount of money from NBC will allow him to live.

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  28. Xavier

    December 7th, 2012

    Damn autocorrect!

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  29. Speedball

    December 7th, 2012

    Beverly – something tells me meth is involved. Get some sleep, about one weeks worth, then call a rehab. And please whatever you do, don’t kidnap any handymen, and force them to do repairs on your house.

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  30. Moe tom

    December 7th, 2012

    Xavier. That’s pretty harsh. There are millions on his side. He was wronged by the media. The entire nation should be on his side.

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  31. Hotlanta Mike

    December 7th, 2012

    Zimmerman will be free as a bird and rich to boot!

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  32. Anonymous

    December 7th, 2012

    Moe tom, I don’t mean to argue, but a certain ethnic group with a culture of gun violence wants Zimmerman dead. I agree that we should be on his side and that the media wronged him. But we’re not talking about fairness or justice, we’re talking about racial vengeance for Trayvon. The reality of thug life is prison or death by your mid 20s so going down with permanent street cred as the nigga that got Zimmerman looks pretty good.

    Maybe I’m just jaded from the years I spent working with inner city youts. But that’s how I see it.

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  33. Xavier

    December 7th, 2012

    ^twas me. Browser forgot who I was or something.

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  34. Moe tom

    December 7th, 2012

    Xavier. Understand completely. Is there a silver lining?

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  35. Anonymous

    December 7th, 2012

    Hope he bankrupts NBC.

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  36. Xavier

    December 7th, 2012

    @Moe tom

    I don’t see any silver lining. It does seem bitter irony that Zimmerman stands a fair chance of being slain by the very people he’s spent his life championing and protecting.

    Two groups are mainly responsible for this travesty: the administration and their minions, for stoking racial divisiveness, and the media for painting Zimmerman as a ‘white Hispanic’ and further encouraging racism through erroneous reporting.

    NBC is so entrenched with the administration that they’re effectively shielded from any legal attack that could inflict major damage. We may see a paltry (in the big picture) settlement from the suit but it won’t be anywhere near fair. What they did is irreversible; no amount of money or apologies or public service announcements would allow Zimmerman to lead a normal life again.

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  37. Houston

    December 7th, 2012

    Sadly I have to agree Xavier. People will never remember the facts of the case or bother to read the facts. Their minds were made up as soon as the story came out and they have run on their rage since then.

    The odds are at least 50/50 he will be murdered simply because he won in a life or death struggle.

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  38. JohnG911

    December 7th, 2012

    George is heading for a lynching! If Florida doesn’t convict him, the feds certainly will. Once convicted, some “brother” will kill’em.

    “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin

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  39. serfer62

    December 7th, 2012

    And now a word from

    …beverly

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  40. Frosteetoes

    December 7th, 2012

    If the trial is televised live like OJ, K,C. Anthony and other high profile cases the true information will come out to the general public. What I would like to see is the Latino community coming together for Zimmerman and watch how quick the ghetto type thugs back off. Racism from Latino against blacks is rising in some towns.

    http://www.parapundit.com/archives/002648.html

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  41. Dadof3

    December 7th, 2012

    Hell, they’re taking it out on whites anyway.

    “Dis is fo Trayvon! Smack Smack Smack”

    It’s happening.

    If you’re lucky, it isn’t a gun or knife used.

    Sue the Shyte out of ‘em George! We’re victims of what they did to you too!

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  42. Dadof3

    December 7th, 2012

    Yes Bob, you can dream. And it’s a good one.

    Can’t get anywhere without a starting point.

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