Spike Lee has agreed to give compensation to an elderly Florida couple whose address he published on the internet in connection with the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
The He Got Game director thought he was retweeting the address of neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who shot Martin dead in a Florida gated community on 26 February, sparking outrage and protests across the U.S.
However, the address he posted to his Twitter.com page was actually the home of Elaine and David McClain, who have a son named William George Zimmerman - no relation to the Zimmerman involved in the shooting case. They had to flee their home after their address was published.
Lee publicly apologised for the blunder, and the couple's attorney, Matt Morgan, has now revealed the moviemaker has offered them compensation.
Morgan says, "At this point in time, we have come to an agreement with Spike Lee and his attorneys, and at this point, the matter is fully resolved. Spike has agreed to compensate the McClains for their loss and for the disruption into their lives. He's taken full responsibility."
Elaine McClain also revealed the director apologised to them during a phone call, adding, "He was really kind. And when he called us, you could just tell he really felt bad about it. And it was just a slip, and I just know that he really, really has been concerned."
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