George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has threatened Jay-Z over an upcoming documentary about Trayvon Martin called “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.”
During an interview with celebrity news site The Blast, Zimmerman reportedly said he would “beat” and feed Jay-Z to an “alligator” because he claims executive producer Michael Gasparro made unannounced visits to the homes of his family members in Florida to attempt to get them to speak on camera.
During the interview with The Blast he also said, “I know how to handle people who f—k with me, I have since February 2012.” Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed Martin, 17, on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was later acquitted in the killing of Martin in a case that sparked national debate in the country.
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Zimmerman told The Blast that the production team has “harassed” his family but, according to the news site, he refused to elaborate. He also wouldn’t answer questions as to whether Zimmerman’s family agreed at any point to speak with producers of the documentary series.
Zimmerman said he is holding both Jay-Z and Gasparro responsible for “anyone who f—ks with [his] parents.”
Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg took to Instagram Sunday night to respond to Zimmerman’s threats directed at Jay-Z. In his Instagram saying that if Jay-Z is harmed in any way, the "revolution will be televised.”
Snoop Dogg responds George Zimmerman threats to Jay-Z
In March 2017, Jay Z announced he was partnering with the Weinstein Company to produce both a film and a television series about the life of Trayvon Martin, his death and the trial of George Zimmerman. Weinstein was fired from his company following several sexual misconduct allegations against him. Production is still moving forward but Weinstein’s name has been removed from the credits.
“Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" is based on Lisa Bloom's book "Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice" and is scheduled to air on the Paramount Network in 2018.