- Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman are seeking $637,400 in damages from Roseanne Barr
- Barr published their Lake Mary, Florida, address on March 29, 2012 – a month after their son killed Trayvon Martin
- They claim they were then forced to leave the home and incurred extra expenses
- These include $6,900 for hotels, $22,800 for rent and $7,700 for laundry
- The Zimmermans also want $600,000 for emotional distress
- Barr says they couple courted publicity by self-publishing a book on the trial and that their address was available online for anyone with a search engine to find
The parents of George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, are suing Roseanne Barr for $637,400.
Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman allege that after Barr tweeted their address during the furore over their son’s legal battle in 2012, they were unable to live in the home and incurred costs that they would have avoided if they had been able to remain in the house.
According to new court documents obtained by TMZ, lawyers for the couple say that Barr owes them $6,900 for hotels, $22,800 for rent and $7,700 for laundry.
George Zimmerman’s parents Gladys and Robert Zimmerman filed their lawsuit on Monday in state circuit court in Florida
They are also seeking $600,000 for emotional distress.
The entertainer admitted in a court filing this week that she did post the address of Robert and Gladys Zimmerman on Twitter, but says she deleted the tweet seconds after making it.
In addition, she says, the parents of Zimmerman sought public attention by self-publishing a book about the trial, and their address was already public information that anyone with Google could have found.
George Zimmerman’s parents are suing Roseanne Barr, claiming that they’ve been unable to return to their home since the comedienne posted the address on Twitter two years ago.
The Zimmermans have previously accused Barr of trying to incite ‘a lynch mob to descend’ and carry out ‘vigilante justice.’
According to the suit, Barr published their Lake Mary address on March 29, 2012, a month after their son George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager in Sanford, but before he was arrested.
Actress Roseanne Barr published the Zimmerman’s Lake Mary, Florida, address on March 29, 2012. She later tweeted: ‘If Zimmerman isn’t arrested I’ll rt (re-tweet) his address again – maybe go 2 his house myself’
Their son did not live with them and they didn’t they have anything to do with the shooting, they point out.
The lawsuit alleges that Barr’s tweets forced them to leave their home in the middle of the night and go into hiding.
However the Orlando Sentinel has reported that the date in the lawsuit – March 29, 2012 – does not correlate with what Zimmerman Sr. told them in a March 15, 2012, interview.
In that interview he said that he and his wife had already moved out of their home and gone into hiding because of death threats.
Zimmerman, his parents and ex-wife Shellie leave the courtroom during a recess in his July 2013 murder trial in Sanford, Florida.
George Zimmerman, left, was acquitted of second degree murder charges following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, right
The suit also alleges that Barr violated Twitter’s terms and conditions prohibiting publication of addresses and other confidential information.
After the first tweet, the suit alleges, Barr followed up with others, including: ‘If Zimmerman isn’t arrested I’ll rt (re-tweet) his address again – maybe go 2 his house myself.’
In July 2012, the couple launched a website asking for donations to help pay their ‘greatly increased living expenses’ after fleeing their home.
On the site, the couple said their lives had been turned upside down after their son’s arrest – but that their real problems started when Roseanne had tweeted their names, address and phone number.
Zimmerman Sr. said: ‘Almost immediately, threatening phone calls and letters were received.
In 2012 George Zimmerman’s parents launched their own website detailing their suffering and blaming Roseanne Barr for tweeting their address
‘However, one in particular was alarming because it threatened to kill anyone with George’s DNA – it was not mailed, but was left at our front door. These threats were in addition to the constant media calls and visits. It was time to go.
‘Literally, as I was helping Cristina into the car to leave, media representatives and others were not ringing our bell, but beating on our front door.
‘We took a couple changes of clothes for each of us, medicines, and a few personal belongings and fled. However, when the media learned our new location, we were no longer safe there. At that point, we went from one location to another.
‘It has been an extremely difficult existence. It’s been a challenge getting hotel rooms when we cannot provide our correct names, use credit cards, or produce any valid identification. Today, that is very much what our existence is.’
A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second degree murder in July 2013.