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George Zimmerman

Estranged Wife Gets Chunk

Of Legal Defense Money

9/5/2013 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Some people who believed in George Zimmerman may be pissed off to learn ... a chunk of the money he raised for his legal defense is now going to support his soon-to-be ex-wife ... TMZ has learned.

According to divorce docs that will soon be filed by Shellie Zimmerman, she claims she's getting $4,300 a month in living expenses from the Zimmerman Legal Defense Fund.   The couple separated August 13th.

According to the solicitation on PayPal ... the fund is to be used "for George Zimmerman's ongoing living expenses, legal costs, and fees for this matter."

Now it gets a little more complicated.  George Zimmerman's official legal defense website says, "Currently George and Shellie are renting a secure residence at a reasonable rate.  Their day-to-day living expenses are relatively modest as they want to preserve as many funds as possible for an aggressive defense."

But here's the thing.  He won almost 2 months ago, and the site raised more than $300,000.  He may still owe money to his lawyers, but the case is over and it's a little weird the $4,300 a month is going to Shellie individually ... not the legal team.

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46.

Toilethead    

I hope every gun crazy who was stupid enough to give that crook money sees this.

311 days ago
47.

Cheekymonkey    

I'm commenting on TMZ. My opinion is important.

311 days ago
48.

M    

Oink 1 and Oink 2

311 days ago
49.

Suzy Q     

1. The Orlando Sentinal reported this:


"She has no income but $12,729 in assets – mostly her 2009 Honda Accord – and $103,756 in debts – mostly school loans, an auto loan and credit card bills.

Since they split, he has given her $4,300 from his legal defense fund, according to the affidavit."


Not, $4,300 a month. TMZ, did you make a mistake, or is the Florida paper whitewashing?


2. This fund belongs to George Zimmerman, and him alone. He can do whatever he wants with the money. He doesn't have to pay his lawyers a cent.


He can piss it away anyway he likes, but he can't hide it from Shellie....it's community property. Just because it says "Defense Fund" means nothing. It's tax free, donated money that Zippie can use for hookers if he wants to.

311 days ago
50.

Scary    

Why does TMZ care? If TMZ has a report of someone who donated and who is now pissed off, maybe that's worth a report. But for TMZ to report that hypothetically someone might be pissed - not journalism or news at all. It's just TMZ wanting to attack Zimmerman again (I'm not saying I support Zimmerman, I'm just saying lefty TMZ just wants to take him down). Funny, people aren't chasing down Casey Anthony - and who really thinks she didn't kill her kid?

311 days ago
51.

snowboardchick    

People are shocked he's a s***bag? They same people that don't want their taxes going "lazy" people are just handing large amounts of cash to this pos.

311 days ago
52.

Mark    

All those people gloating about ho money people donated is going to her need to realize that nobody really cares. That money was meant to help him get justice and in case you missed it MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I don't think anyone really cares what they do with the money at this point. I'm sure she deserves plenty as she's also a victim.

And to everyone insisting that the Zimmerman's are rich and made a fortune from this trial. Perhaps you should focus on the even greater fortune made by the Martin family simply for raising a violent sociopathic thug whose death probably saved lives.
They certainly made out ok, not only monetarily but they also get to strut around like civil rights hero's and their son is considered a martyr simply for getting shot.

311 days ago
53.

Yurra Knutz    

Where the money be at?

311 days ago
54.

phil    

Serve the donors right. Zimmerman would not have won without that massive fundraiser. Anyone, who contributed to help Zimmerman get off, has blood on their hands. The wife should take as much as the $ as she can get, and simply run..shes entitled to half as his wife...it was suppose to contribute to "living expenses", and it was not specified that they should always live together, that was just an assumption, being a married man. Donors must be pissed...but serve em right, you must go to court with "clean hands"...and the fact that she misled the court about their finances, by moving $$ around also says a lot!! What goes around..eventually comes around, we have not heard the last of these Zimmermans, they will both rot in hell...

311 days ago
55.

karlew    

I wonder if the people who donated to the defence fund knew they were going to be still supporting his and his wife's lazy asses months after the trial? Seems to me any money should have went to his lawyers first and then in there was a surplus, to a charity. I bet he can't wait for a wrongful death suit against him, just imagine for how long and how much he'll be able to milk that.

311 days ago
56.

Timmy Boy    

What a biotch!!

311 days ago
57.

arale norimaki    

She better watch out. He might stand his ground and shoot her in self-defense of his emotions


George Zimmerman Civil Rights Case Logical Next Step To Seek Justice For Trayvon
the family’s lawyer has already said that they will pursue a civil case against Zimmerman. Civil cases are weighed by the jury based on the preponderance of evidence and not beyond the shadow of the doubt — which explains why they can be more successful than criminal prosecutions. A notorious case would be O.J. Simpson who was acquitted of murder charges in criminal court but ordered to pay $33.5 million in civil court.

311 days ago
58.

Warren    

Isn't she entitled to half of the fund? George still have to pay his legal team the balance due after the State pays their share of his legal fees.

311 days ago
59.

stephanie    

GOOD FOR HER!!! I HOPE SHE GETS IT AND HE CONTINUES RECEIVING BAD KARMA!! HE DOES NOT DESERVE THE MONEY HE RECEIVED ON HIS WEBSITE THIS MAN KILLED SOMEONE ACCIDENT OR NO ACCIDENT HE DOES NOT DESERVE THAT MONEY. :)

311 days ago
60.

stephanie    

GOOD FOR HER!!! I HOPE SHE GETS IT AND HE CONTINUES RECEIVING BAD KARMA!! HE DOES NOT DESERVE THE MONEY HE RECEIVED ON HIS WEBSITE THIS MAN KILLED SOMEONE ACCIDENT OR NO ACCIDENT HE DOES NOT DESERVE THAT MONEY. :)

311 days ago
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