Zimmerman attorney, Mark O’Mara said on Tuesday that his client is considering a defamation lawsuit against NBC over the misleading editing of a recording that he said made his client “appear he is a racist.”
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel:
Experts, however, say Zimmerman may face an uphill climb to prove a defamation claim.
In a statement Thursday, Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara said NBC’s editing version of his client’s call to Sanford Police was “outrageous.”
“Due in large part to NBC’s actions, George has had to live in hiding, in fear for his life,” he wrote.
The audio, which aired March 27 on the “Today” show and in a report by an NBC-owned affiliate days earlier, made it sound as if Zimmerman volunteered to police that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was black in the call he made before the Feb. 26 shooting.
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Zimmerman will file a motion, intending on suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape the night he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
According to NY Post-Page Six:
Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27.
He also remained the reporter for the story on “NBC Nightly News.” A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”
NBC launched an internal probe after producers misleadingly edited the 911 call placed by Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager.
The edit made it appear that Zimmerman had immediately told police that Martin was black, when the full tape reveals the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher.
Combined sections from two different parts of the tape gave the false impression that Zimmerman had said: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.”
Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara has not made a comment on the lawsuit filed as of yet.