The parents of controversial shooter George Zimmerman are seeking more than $629,000 (£393,000) in their lawsuit against comic Roseanne Barr. Robert Zimmerman, Sr. and his wife, Gladys, filed a lawsuit against the funnywoman in March (14) claiming they had been forced to flee their Florida home in 2012 after she allegedly tweeted details of their address.
The posts came at a time of high tension between the African-American community and Florida police, who had not yet arrested the couple's son George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
In new legal documents, obtained by TMZ.com, lawyers for the couple allege the Zimmermans are owed costs for moving out of their property including $6,900 (£4,312) for hotels, $22,800 (£14,250) for rent and $7,700 (£4,812) for laundry.
They are also seeking $600,000 (£375,000) for emotional distress.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter last year (13) after a jury ruled he had acted in self-defence.
Funnywoman Roseanne Barr is facing a lawsuit from the parents of controversial shooter George Zimmerman over allegations she pushed them into hiding by tweeting the family's address. Robert Zimmerman, Sr. and his wife, Gladys, claim in a lawsuit filed in Florida on Monday (10Mar14) that they feared they would become the targets of "vigilante justice" after Barr shared details of their Lake Mary property in March, 2012.
The tweets came at a time of high tension between the African-American community and Florida police, who had not yet arrested Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
The Zimmermans accuse the star of trying to "incite a lynch mob to descend" on their home and are seeking unspecified damages.
George Zimmerman was arrested in relation to Martin's death in April, 2012 but was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter last year (13) after a jury ruled he had acted in self-defence.
Rapper Rick Ross has defended his decision to reference slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin in a new track. The hip-hop mogul has caused a stir by mentioning the 17 year old, who was shot dead by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012, on Black & White, a song from his upcoming album Mastermind.
On the tune, he raps, "Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target," and now Ross has spoken out to explain his motivation for including the controversial topic in his material.
He tells Vibe.com, "It's so important that... on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy. I'm never going to let the world forget that name. In my song Black and White off Mastermind I say, 'Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target'. There I'm reminding people that if you're a black person or a person of any colour for that matter in this country, you have to be accurate, whatever moves you make, stay accurate. Even when you're walking down the street, playing music from your car, you have to stay on point.
"Black men are being killed and their killers (are) beating the trial. It hasn't been this much violence against black men since the '60s. I am Trayvon Martin, we're all Trayvon Martin. He was from south Florida. That could have been me or one of my homies (peers). So, stay alert and never miss your target. Whatever that target may be. Getting out the hood, providing from your family (sic). Stay sharp. Stay alive. Trayvon, rest in peace."
Zimmerman was cleared of murdering the unarmed youngerster last year (13) after claiming self-defence, a legal decision which has been blasted by a string of stars including Jay Z, Jamie Foxx, T.I. and Rihanna.
Ross previously used soundbites from witness Rachel Jeantel's testimony on his song I Wonder Why last year (13).
Actor Jamie Foxx helped to keep the memory of tragic Florida teen Trayvon Martin alive on Saturday (08Feb14) by leading a peace walk through the streets of Miami. Hundreds of demonstrators joined the Ray star and members of Martin's family to rally against gun violence almost two years after his death in February, 2012, when the unarmed youngster was shot dead by infamous neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. He was acquitted of murder last year (13) after claiming self-defence.
Addressing the crowd, Foxx, wearing a T-shirt featuring a photo of Trayvon, explained his reasons for continuing to lend his voice to the cause, stating, "They say 'Jamie why you got that Trayvon Martin shirt on? That ain't in no more.' I say, 'Well, Trayvon Martin's still dead; and his mother still grieves, his father still grieves, his brother is still wondering 'Where's my brother at?'"
The Oscar winner insisted he was not there as an activist, and instead as a father and a gun owner as he called for more discussion about responsible gun ownership across America.
He said, "What we are all supposed to do is protect our kids no matter what. We're in a culture where things are sort of getting out of control... We're starting to forget that guns actually kill. We're starting to get desensitised to it. How can we be a society with guns, and responsible with guns? How can we be more responsible?"
Foxx, who previously held a candle-lit vigil in New York to remember Martin on the one-year anniversary of his death, also declared the rally was "not about race nor colour, but peace for our children".
The march took place days after what would have been Martin's 19th birthday and occurred on the same day that a Celebrity Boxing event promoter axed plans to put Zimmerman in the ring with rapper DMX.
Plans to put rapper Dmx in a boxing ring with the infamous George Zimmerman have been shelved. The hip-hop star had been approached to take part in a fight with former Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
However, the promoter behind the bout has since decided to scrap the event after the inclusion of Zimmerman as a 'celebrity' prompted a backlash online.
DMX's publicist, Domenick Nati, confirmed the news in a statement, which reads, "(Promoter) Damon Feldman has announced that the George Zimmerman fight is cancelled via his Twitter. As previously stated, DMX never agreed to the fight and we thank you for all of the support from DMX's fans. This situation will not affect any of DMX's upcoming concerts in America or around the world."
Rapper Dmx is one step closer to stepping into a boxing ring with America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, after entering negotiations for a charity fight night. The Party Up (Up In Here) hitmaker put his name forward as a potential challenger after event promoter Damon Feldman revealed he was looking for opponents for Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation in Florida.
Last week (ends31Jan14), The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted he would relish the chance to beat up Zimmerman, but Feldman has since decided to put DMX to the test by selecting him from a pool of 15,000 applicants.
The rapper recently vowed to "beat the living f**k" out of Zimmerman, adding, "I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up."
DMX has verbally agreed to take part in the Celebrity Boxing bout, but his representative, Domenick Nati, tells TMZ.com the rapper has yet to be presented with an official contract for the three-round bout.
Details about the clash are expected to be announced in a press conference next week (begs10Feb14).
Hollywood icon Samuel L. Jackson is concerned the popularity of historical drama 12 Years A Slave has distracted audiences from the racism that is still prevalent in modern America. Steve McQueen's film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured and sold into slavery in the 19th century.
The movie has been a critical and commercial hit and is tipped for glory at the 2014 Academy Awards in March (14) after receiving nine nominations.
But while Jackson is pleased at the response to the film, he worries that it limits American racism to the past and allows audiences to avoid confronting the discrimination that plagues the country to this day.
He tells Britain's The Times, "America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past. We freed the slaves! It's all good! But to say, 'We are still unnecessarily killing black men' - let's have a conversation about that."
The Avengers star suggests that last year's (13) Fruitvale Station, a film about the real-life events that led to the death of young African-American Oscar Grant at the hands of California police in 2009, makes more relevant points about the issues of racism.
He says, "It (Fruitvale Station) explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with (popular police practice) stop and search, and is much more poignant."
Florida teen Martin hit headlines in 2012 when the unarmed black youth was shot by Neighbourhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The shooter was acquitted of murdering the kid during a high-profile trial last year (13).
Rapper Dmx has followed in The Game's footsteps and put his name forward to fight America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in a celebrity boxing match in March (14). Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during a street altercation in Florida, recently agreed to take part in a celebrity fight night and it appears a line of possible opponents is quickly forming.
The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted this week (begs27Jan14) he would take pleasure in resoundingly defeating Zimmerman, while DMX has now voiced his hopes of stepping into the ring with him to fight for "every black person who has been done wrong (sic) in the (legal) system".
However, the embattled rapper, who has spent recent years in and out of jail, warns he would have no regard for rules if he was allowed to take part, and he has even threatened to urinate on his opponent if he wins.
The X Gon' Give It to Ya rapper tells TMZ.com, "I am going to beat the living f**k out of him... I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up. Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my d**k out and p**s on him... Zimmerman is a piece of s**t and that's what he needs to drink."
Zimmerman's opponent for the fight has yet to be confirmed.
Rapper The Game has jumped at the chance to beat up America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in a charity boxing match. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last summer (13), has agreed to take part in a celebrity fight night in March (14) and the Dreams hitmaker, who has become close to the family of the young man Zimmerman killed during a street altercation, admits he would relish the chance to throw punches at him.
The Game tells TMZ.com, "I will beat the f**k out of him... I would not be boxing for me. I'd be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family.
"I would box him to knock him out. I would definitely take pleasure in it. It's legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon."
The Game, who has a tattoo of Trayvon Martin on his leg, had not been officially accepted as an opponent when WENN went to press.
Paris Hilton's brother is refusing to speak with police officers as they attempt to conclude their investigation into a fight between him and blogger Ray LeMoine. Barron Hilton, 24, hit headlines over the weekend (07-08Dec13) after online reports suggested he had been punched in the face following an all-night party at a rented mansion on Star Island, off the coast of Miami Beach in Florida.
Hilton subsequently documented his facial injuries in a picture posted on his Instagram.com page.
Miami police officers are reportedly looking to speak with Hilton concerning the incident, but have been unable to reach him.
Sergeant Bobby Hernandez tells the New York Daily News, 'We have no subject in custody, nobody we're pursuing right now. We've had no co-operation from Mr. Hilton since he made the report. He refused to wait for crime-scene investigators to take pictures of his injuries. He didn't want anything to do with it."
Meanwhile, LeMoine is claiming he punched Hilton after the 24 year old allegedly became aggressive with him.
He says, "I should be allowed to punch a dude who attacks me in my own house!"