George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 is now suing two Democratic presidential candidates for defamation.
Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He claims that the two Democratic presidential candidates defamed him on February 26, which is the anniversary of Martin’s death.
Zimmerman is reportedly seeking $265 million in damages.
According to NBC, Zimmerman’s lawsuit claims that Warren and Buttigieg “defamed Zimmerman for political gain in misguided and malicious attempts to bolster their standings amongst African-American voters, all at Zimmerman’s expense.”
Elizabeth Warren used Twitter to retweet images of Martin, and she added, “My heart goes out to @SybrinaFulton and Trayvon’s family and friends. He should still be with us today. We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children—especially young Black boys—can grow up safe and free.”
On February 5, Buttigieg tweeted “Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today. How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear? #BlackLivesMatter.”
Zimmerman has not disputed that he killed Martin, but he continues to claim that he shot the unarmed teen out of self-defense. The night of Martin’s death Zimmerman called 9-1-1 and reported a suspicious person, Zimmerman disregarded what he was told by the police dispatcher by following Martin and creating the deadly confrontation.
Zimmerman has made filing lawsuits since killing Martin a hobby. He even went as far as to file a lawsuit against Martin’s parents last year. Zimmerman’s lawsuit was seeking $1million.
Neither Warren or Buttigieg have publicly responded to the lawsuit.