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George Zimmerman

Sues NBC Over 911 Tape --

I'm Not a Racist!

12/6/2012 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Trayvon Martin
shooter George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way it edited his 911 call -- placed moments before Martin was shot -- claiming the network falsely made Zimmerman look like a "hostile racist."

You'll recall, NBC launched an internal investigation over the tape after it aired the edited recording -- which made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin was black, without being prompted.



In actuality, the full 911 tape reveals Zimmerman only referred to Martin as "black" when responding to a question from the dispatcher about Trayvon's race.

Zimmerman accuses NBC of creating a "false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made."

He's suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, demanding unspecified damages.

Zimmerman -- a former neighborhood watch coordinator for a gated community in Florida -- fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on February 26th. George has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

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KrackHead    

17 year old gangster got what he deserved

688 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

good i am glad he is suing.the bias media has done every thing in their power to try this guy in the public.even resorted to editing the 911 tapes to skew things against him.i hope he wins

688 days ago
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Kim    

Wow, this guy is nuts. Is he serious? He needs to do the time and stop wasting our tax $$$$.

688 days ago
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manbearpig    

i think zim is a loonie however, there is no doubt- none that NBC stacked the deck against him and the editing was 100% intentional.
he may well be guilty as charged however NBC deserves to lose millions in the lawsuit.

688 days ago
20.

tgrfan42069    

bleeding heart liberal logic..if someone is beating your brains in.you should let them kill you and not defend yourself.people keep saying well the 911 operator told him not to follow him.well a 911 operator is not the law.also the words were."you shouldnt follow him" aka they didnt say DO NOT follow him.shouldnt is just the 911 operator looking out for themselves to keep from getting sued

688 days ago
21.

mebrat24    

but isn't Martin still dead? and this piece of chit is sueing nbc-------------- wow he got balls

688 days ago
22.

Julies    

This seems a weak case for Zimmerman all around. The new photos showing wounds to his face are telling. IF he hadn't been stalking Trayvon,( who had every right to be there and every right to wear a hoodie) none of this would have happened. Perhaps Trayvon was so scared that he defended himself...many of us might have responded with self-defense if a weird dude was following us...than Zimmerman must accept the consequences of his actions. A child is dead.

688 days ago
23.

queen love    

"Black man here, Black man there, Black man got me smellin' his pubic hair". I predict Zimmerman will be yelling this in his near future.

688 days ago
24.

Kim    

Okay, shooting ANY kid with a hoodie, skittles and snapples is crazy. Who is he? Oh yeah, I forgot.....he is the self appointed police. Stop with these money grapping distractions and do your time. NO ONE CARES IF YOU ARE A RACIST, we just want you to do your time behind bars. Federal, County or State level. Florida Please: NO MORE CASEY ANTHONY VERDICTS!

688 days ago
25.

shelley    

He wouldn't be so stressed and think so many people hate him if he didn't murder an innocent kid.

688 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

You shot and killed the kid BECAUSE he was black and you know it.

688 days ago
27.

oink    

If he wins money The Travon family can sue for wrongful death and take it all. so sue away kid killer Zimmerman.

688 days ago
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rlemons    

I'm confused by some of the comments I see. When did lieing and twisting someone's words become ok? Regards of what people think he did doesn't make what NBC did ok.

688 days ago
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courtney    

Even if he is a racist- that is a personal choice isn't it?? I know many people black and white who say racist things but if one of them killed someone of another race, it would only be brought up in one of the situations and we all know what that is. He is accused of stereotyping a black boy which lead to his death- but is it not also wrong to stereotype all white people who commit crimes against black people as racist in order to convict them?

688 days ago
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corky    

NBC shouldn't edit tapes to falsely make it look worse, but he did kill the kid. I think we can agree if it was a white (or Hispanic) boy wearing a hoodie, carrying Skittles and a Snapple he would've left him alone. Fact was, kid was unarmed, he followed the kid (which to me would make me feel nervous and threatened), and he LETHALLY shot him. He could've shot him in the leg and ran away, but he chose to confront and and shot to kill. He deserves punishment. I hope if he somehow gets this money that Mr. Martin's family sues him for wrongful death and takes it all from him. They deserve to see justice in all forms. He, and he alone, caused this and made them lose their child.

688 days ago
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