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Spike Lee reaches settlement with Florida couple over George Zimmerman tweet


Spike Lee. (Mike Stobe/GETTY IMAGES FOR NEW YORK RED BU)

David and Elaine McClain told CNN a reporter came to their home Sunday looking for Zimmerman. The following day, they began receiving threatening letters.

Elaine McClain said they left their home to escape the harassment. She believes the confusion over their address stems from her son’s name, William George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman, 28, has claimed he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self defense and has not been charged with a crime. Some people calling for Zimmerman’s arrest believe the killing was racially motivated.

Lee apologized to the couple, both on Twitter and by phone, and has now agreed to compensate them, the McClain’s lawyer Matt Morgan told the Associated Press. The settlement’s terms have not been disclosed.

“This has been a big mess for Spike, as well as for the McClains,” Matt Morgan told the AP. “He’s been under the gun ever since the media started to pick up on this. He’s got young kids, as well. So he’s been stressed out.”

Elaine McClain added, “It was just a slip. And I just know that he really, really has been concerned. ... We’re really not looking for compensation. Just to be able to go back home.”

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