Director Spike Lee decided to do the right thing by settling with the elderly Florida couple he wrongly linked to Trayvon Martin’s killing.
After he received a tweet from Marcus Higgins that contained an address that was thought to be George Zimmerman’s, Spike retweeted it.
Soon after, Elaine McClain, 70, and her husband David McClain, 72, started receiving hate mail and threats that eventually pushed them out of their home and into a hotel.
The couple also received visits from the media in search for George and letters telling them to “taste the rainbow,” in reference to the Skittles candy.
Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea were found on Martin when he was killed and the items have become symbolic within the movement pushing for George’s arrest.
William George Zimmerman, Elaine McClain’s son from a previous marriage lived at the address at some point, but it’s not the same man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Marcus tweeted, “Like the fat punk he is, he still lives at home with mommie & daddy.” He also told his followers to “feel free to reach out & touch him.”
The original tweet was sent to Spike and other celebrities including Will Smith, 50 Cent and Lebron James.
Marcus tweeted Spikeand told him that the address wasn’t wrong, “they just want you to think that.” But the address was incorrect, and after realizing the mistake both Lee and Higgins apologized.
Spike has agreed to compensate the McClains for their loss and for the disruption into their lives,” Matt Morgan, the McClains’ attorney, announced to AP.
“It was just a slip. I just know that he really really has been concerned,” Elaine McClain said, “I feel he really answered us right away and we really were not looking for any compensation, just to be able to go back home.”
On Wednesday Lee tweeted, “I deeply apologize to the McClain family for retweeting their address. It was a mistake. Please leave the McClain’s in peace. Justice in court.”
The George Zimmerman, who is the cause of controversy, has yet to be arrested for gunning down Trayvon in last month because he claimed self-defense in the incident.