*Spike Lee has been tweeting furiously about the Trayvon Martin case, and thought he had gotten hold of the Sanford, Fl. address of George Zimmerman, the man who killed the 17-year-old.
The address, which Lee retweeted to his 248,000 followers, actually belongs to 70-year-old Elaine McClain, who has lived at the house with her husband, David McClain, 72, for about 10 years.
The Smoking Gun sought out McClain late Tuesday after word spread that the address Lee and others had spread throughout the social media circuit was erroneous. The Web site also posted property records indicating that McClain is the owner of the Sanford, Fla. home, assessment value: $87,224.
According to the Smoking Gun, the elderly couple has been living in fear since Lee tweeted their address as belonging to Zimmerman, whom some activists are accusing of being a racially motivated killer. The couple “took flight last Friday” after Lee’s retweet, according to the Smoking Gun.
The tweet Lee retweeted came originally from Marcus Davonne Higgins, who also posted it to his Facbook wall with the message: “Feel free to reach out & touch him.”
Higgins also tweeted that same address to other celebrities, like 50 Cent, LeBron James and Will Smith, but Lee was the only one to retweet it.
Higgins has yet to speak to reporters, but he probably got the address wrong by confusing the name George Zimmerman with William George Zimmerman. The former is the 28-year-old Hispanic man who killed Martin; the latter is Elaine McClain’s 41-year-old son by a previous husband. The two Zimmermans are not related.
After Lee retweeted the erroneous address, tweets began circulating online with the advice that someone should go to the house and seek revenge for the death of Martin.
“Let’s turn up the heat on his b**ch a**!!!” says one tweet that contained the address. “Get this mutha f**ka!!” says another that also contains the address.