An elderly couple has reached a settlement with director Spike Lee after the pair had to abandon their home after he erroneously re-tweeted their address as that of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
The couple’s attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday.
Specifics of the settlement weren’t disclosed, but Morgan says Lee proactively called the couple to apologize profusely for re-tweeting their address.
Elaine and David McClain are in their 70s. Elaine’s son from a previous marriage is named William George Zimmerman, who once lived in their home.
He is no relation to 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who has controversially not been charged with a crime after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The neighborhood watch volunteer has said he acted in self-defense, but the issue has raised racial tensions and widespread outrage across the U.S.
After someone posted the address believed to be Zimmerman’s, Lee’s re-tweet sent it to 250,000 people, some of whom harassed the McClains.
“Spike has agreed to generously compensate the McClains for their loss and for the disruption into their lives. He’s taken full responsibility.”
Lee apologized on Twitter: “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave Them In Peace.”
Morgan added that Lee called the McClains to apologize personally.
“He was really kind,” Elaine McClain said of the phone call. “And when he called us, you could just tell he really felt bad about it. And it was just a slip.”
“I just know that he really, really has been concerned.”