George Zimmerman, who was controversially acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, reportedly threatened to physically harm Jay-Z as the rapper is working to produce a documentary on the 2012 killing that grabbed national headlines.
Speaking with The Blast, Zimmerman, 34, claimed that producer Michael Gasparro made unannounced visits to his uncle and parents’ home in hopes of getting them on camera. Though Zimmerman alleged harassment, he didn’t divulge what the harassment detailed or whether his relatives agreed to appear on film.
“I know how to handle people who f**k with me, I have since February 2012,” Zimmerman reportedly told the tabloid, possibly referring to the unarmed 17-year-old’s shooting death.
Variety reported in March that Jay-Z and the Weinstein Company were planning to make a six-part documentary series adapted from two books — Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.
Now, Zimmerman says he’s holding the rap mogul and Gasparro accountable, telling The Blast that “anyone who f**ks with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
Zimmerman, who now lives in Virginia, told the Orlando Sentinel that he believes the documentary is a smear campaign meant to paint him in an unfavorable light. He also claimed he turned down a $100,000 offer to appear in the documentary and that his ex-wife was compensated to appear in the film.
“What I said is I would beat him as if I was Solange and he would find himself coming out of the south side of a gator if he comes to Florida and bothers my family,” the 34-year-old reiterated.
The once-accused killer was alluding to a May 2014 incident where Solange, the sister of Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce, attacked Jay-Z in an elevator. The recorded altercation was leaked to TMZ and went viral.
Zimmerman’s harsh words didn’t sit well with many, including Snoop Dogg, who took to Instagram to weigh in.
“If one hair on Jays hair is touched that’s when the revolution will b televised…Trayvon Martin Gone but not forgotten,” Snoop Dog wrote.
[Featured Image: George Zimmerman/Seminole County Public Affairs; Jay-Z/AP Photo/File]