A Trayvon Martin documentary produced by Jay-Z has led to an outburst from George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in 2013 of killing the teen.
In comments to The Blast, Zimmerman threatened to beat up the rap mogul and feed him to an alligator after Zimmerman said Jay-Z made unannounced visits to his parents and an uncle in Florida for the docu-series.
Thiry-four-year-old Zimmerman also complained that his ex-wife was paid to participate in the documentary, but that his parents and other family members were not paid, The Blast reported.
Jay-Z is producing a six-part docuseries called “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which is based on the book “Suspicion Nation” by lawyer Lisa Bloom. The series will tell the story of Martin’s shooting by Zimmerman in February 2012 and Zimmerman’s acquittal for the crime in 2013 that sparked widespread outrage and protests. The series will air on the Paramount Network (currently Spike TV) in 2018.
Jay-Z also is planning a feature film about Martin.
Both projects are with The Weinstein Company, which has been rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and his subsequent resignation from the company, but Deadline reported in October that the projects would still go forward and that Weinstein’s name would be removed from the credits.
Jay-Z did not comment about Zimmerman’s threat, but fellow rapper Snoop Dogg posted on Instagram that he would stand up for Jay-Z if Zimmerman tried anything.
“If one hair on jays hair is touched that’s when the revolution will b televised,” Snoop Dogg said, the New York Daily News reported.
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