George Zimmerman, one of the most notorious men in America thanks to the highly-biased coverage of his 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is stepping back into the spotlight in the most controversial manner possible. Zimmerman is no stranger to making mistakes, and if the $100 million lawsuit he just filed against Martin’s family, the prosecutors of the murder case, and others is without merit, this may be one of the biggest.
But if there IS some substance to what he’s alleging, it is a bombshell the likes of which could blow this narrative wide open.
Here’s what Zimmerman wrote at American Thinker this week:
Out of the blue, [Martin family lawyer Ben] Crump produced a recorded interview of a “phone witness,” whom, he said, was Trayvon Martin’s 16-year-old girlfriend, “Diamond Eugene.”
In the recorded interview with Diamond Eugene, Crump openly led the witness. She mostly just echoed everything Crump said. Two weeks later, prosecutors went to Miami to interview 16-year-old Diamond Eugene under oath. That’s when, as I recently learned, 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel appeared, claiming she was Diamond Eugene. Despite the discrepancy in name and age, prosecutors interviewed Rachel Jeantel anyway and used her obviously false statements to issue an affidavit of probable cause for my arrest. The rest is history.
Hollywood filmmaker Joel Gilbert just released a film and book of the same name, The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America. He investigated the public records and made a discovery – Rachel Jeantel was an imposter. She was not “Diamond Eugene.” She was not Trayvon’s girlfriend. She was not on the phone with him before our altercation. She lied in court about everything she claimed to have heard over the phone in order to send me to prison for life.
Anyone who remembers the Zimmerman trial will remember the obese Jeantel, who mumbled, snarked, and trudged her way through barely-intelligible testimony. All we know is, if Jeantal was the best actress Crump could get to replace Martin’s girlfriend, it not only says something about his ethics, it says something about his judgment. Then again, who else would agree to completely make up a story at a nationally-televised murder trial. There probably weren’t many options.
Frankly, this story is so astounding that it almost defies belief. Could it even be possible? How many people would need to be fired/sued/prosecuted if even a tiny amount of this allegation turned out to be true? Was this a blunder on the part of Florida prosecutors, or are we talking about a conspiracy of deceit? The former isn’t TOO hard to believe; the latter is ridiculous.
Make no mistake about it, George Zimmerman was wronged in a great many ways. But can we possibly believe that his trial was THIS much of a farce? All we know is that if this turns out to be true, it’s going to decimate whatever’s left of the Black Lives Matter movement.