George Zimmerman launches website for donations toward legal fees, living expenses

A photo from the "album" section of George Zimmerman's newly launched website.

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman embroiled in controversy after shooting teen Trayvon Martin, has apparently broken his silence — to ask the public for money.

Zimmerman has been in hiding since a media frenzy sparked following Martin’s death on February 26. Now, through the website TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, he offers a statement about his role in the incident and asks for financial support.

“I am the real George Zimmerman,” he begins. “As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.”

A Paypal account is attached to the website. Zimmerman says any donations will go toward “living expenses and legal defense” in lieu of his “forced inability to maintain employment.”

The website includes a section labeled “The Facts.” Where one might expect to see Zimmerman’s interpretation of the incident, instead a quote from author James W. Loewen is posted: “People have a right to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. Evidence must be located, not created, and opinions not backed by evidence cannot be given much weight.”

Below it is another short statement from Zimmerman thanking friends for aid and support and for understanding that he cannot discuss the details of “the event on February 26th.”

“Once again, I thank you for your patience and I assure you, the facts will come to light,” Zimmerman promises.

In another section of the website titled “My Race,” Zimmerman includes two more quotes, including this one from Thomas Paine: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

The website’s “album” includes a photo of a spray-painted message on a brick wall that reads “Long Live George Zimmerman.” According to the Huffington Post, the wall belongs to Ohio State University’s black cultural center. Another photo on the site shows a hand-written sign that reads “Justice For Zimmerman.”

A special prosecutor assigned to the case has dismissed the possibility of a grand jury’s involvement. Zimmerman has not been charged and remains free, though his request for donations could suggest that he is expecting charges in the future.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.