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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Spike Lee reaches settlement for tweeting wrong address for George Zimmerman

Spike Lee has reached a monetary settlement with an elderly couple whose address he incorrectly tweeted out in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Spike Lee attends the grand reopening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club on Jan. 18 in New York. (Neilson Barnard - GETTY IMAGES)
In his haste, Lee broadcast the Sanford, Fla., address of Elaine and David McClain, who coincidently have a son named William George Zimmerman, an almost exact match to the name of the man who fatally shot Martin last month.

The McClains’ son lived with them in the 1990s, but he has no relation to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who pursued Martin and has claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.

Perhaps you can’t blame Lee for being impassioned about Martin’s case and his effort to put pressure on the actual shooter. The case has sparked national outrage. And it’s no surprise the famed film director made his stance known. For years he has been a polarizing figure for his opinions. But Lee had a definite cringe-worthy moment when he mistakenly tweeted what he thought was Zimmerman’s address, forcing an elderly couple to flee their home from harassment.

Lee apologized to the couple via Twitter saying: “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace.”

Martin’s case has made headlines, sparking protests and nationwide outrage because Zimmerman has not been arrested.

He also personally called the McClains to apologize. Elaine said he “felt really bad about it and was really kind.”

The amount of the settlement between Lee and the McClains was not disclosed.

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