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Zimmerman suing NBC Universal for defamation

George Zimmerm and Trayvon Martin
Posted at 4:55 PM, Dec 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-06 12:09:21-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (WTXL) -- George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with the February shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, has now filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal.

Zimmerman filed the defamation suit in a Florida court on Thursday, accusing NBC of slanting its coverage of the Travyon Martin case to portray Zimmerman as a racist, and making him "one of the most hated men in America."

A producer for NBC News was eventually fired after it was discovered NBC employees had edited portions of the audio of the 911 call Zimmerman made to police. An editing that attorneys for Zimmerman claim had taken the conversation out of context.

Attorneys for Zimmerman say NBC's coverage of Zimmerman has caused their client "severe and extreme emotional stress" and are asking for damages "substantially in excess of the juridictional limit".

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February shooting of 17-year-old Travyon Martin. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense in the case.