George Zimmerman Suing NBC Universal For ‘Deceptive And Exploitative Manipulations’ Of Audio Tapes

George Zimmerman, the man who was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year, announced through his attorneys today that he is suing NBC Universal and three current and former employees of NBC News. In a suit filed with the Seminole County circuit court, Zimmerman’s lawyers recount a number of instances in which NBC News personnel edited audio tape of 911 calls in what they argue was a deliberate and malicious attempt to portray Zimmerman in a negative light. Of the three reporters named in the suit, two of them were subsequently fired by NBC News for their roles in the stories. The network issued a statement several days after the segments aired apologizing for the mistakes, and denied the edits were anything but accidental. News of the suit — along with a link to the court document — was first posted on a website set up by the Zimmerman defense team.