Spike Lee’s Incorrect Tweet Causes Elderly Couple to Flee Home


Famed director Spike Lee was forced to apologize after retweeting an incorrect tweet thought to reveal the address of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The Sanford, Fla. address Lee tweeted out to his more than 250,000 followers actually belongs to an elderly couple, David McClain, 72, and his 70-year-old wife Elaine, who subsequently received threats and hate mail directed at Zimmerman, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The negative attention, along with a few visits from reporters seeking Zimmerman, forced the bewildered couple to temporarily move into a hotel.

(MORE:Social Media: The Muscle Behind the Trayvon Martin Case)

The Smoking Gun originally traced the tweet back to a California man, who sent the erroneous address to other celebrities including 50 Cent, LeBron James and Will Smith last Friday.

Lee’s blunder sparked a backlash of criticism accusing him of provoking vigilante justice. Before apologizing, Lee responded to some…

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