George Zimmerman has been in trouble ever since he shot and killed Trayvon Martin ten years ago. Two months after Zimmerman was found not guilty in July 2013, his wife Shellie called 911 to say he had hurt her father and threatened her with a gun. Shellie had filed for a divorce.
911 call: “He just wants to scare us all with his gun. We’re going to get shot.”
Police said they didn’t have enough proof to charge Zimmerman, so he wasn’t taken into custody.
Two months later, Zimmerman was arrested after his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, said he pointed a gun at her during another fight at home.
“You just broke my glass table and my sunglasses, and then you stuck your gun in my face. and told me to get the **** out! “she says this on a 911 recording.
Later, Schiebe lied about what happened, so the case against Zimmerman was dropped.
Zimmerman started selling his own art at the end of 2013.
One painting of an American flag that sold for more than $100,000 was said to be a copy of a photo from Shutterstock, which was criticized.
The Associated Press said that a second painting of prosecutor Angela Corey copied a photo that was protected by a copyright. This put the artist in trouble with the law.
Early in 2015, Zimmerman was charged with domestic violence again after he was accused of throwing a wine bottle at a girlfriend. Again, no charges were brought because the person who was supposed to be the victim changed her story.
In the three years after George Zimmerman’s trial, the Department of Justice looked into whether he had broken Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. This was on top of all the drama in his personal life. But in 2015, the federal agency said that the evidence did not meet the high standard for a federal hate crime.
Also in 2015, Matthew Apperson shot at Zimmerman during a road rage incident. This time, Zimmerman was in the news again.
Zimmerman was asked about the Black Lives Matter Movement during Apperson’s trial, and his answer caused a lot of trouble.
He told him, “I don’t think Black Lives Matter is a movement; they’re terrorist cowards.”
Apperson was found guilty of trying to kill someone in the second degree, but he just got out of jail on bond after getting a new trial.
In May 2016, Zimmerman made a lot of people angry when he put the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin up for auction. It was sold for close to $140,000 in the end.
In May of 2018, Zimmerman was charged with more crimes. He was accused of following a private investigator who was working on a film about the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman ended up pleading guilty to the stalking charge and getting a year of probation.
The most recent thing Zimmerman did was start a lawsuit.
In 2019, he sued Trayvon Martin’s parents for $100 million because he said bad things about them. It was thrown out just this month.
Early in 2020, Zimmerman sued two presidential candidates for defamation for tweets they allegedly sent about him. The suit was for $265 million. A judge threw out that lawsuit a year later.
George Zimmerman came to the attention of the whole country 10 years ago. Even though he was set free after the trial, he has not been out of trouble for the past ten years.