Zimmerman Faces Legal Trouble Over Latest Painting
ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — George Zimmerman could face more legal trouble due to his most recent painting.
Zimmerman released a new piece of artwork he did of special prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged him with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Rick Wilson, former photographer for The Florida Times-Union who took the picture, has hired a lawyer stating that his image was used without his permission.
“We are pleased and honored to represent Rick Wilson, the photographer who took the photo of Angela Corey which was illegally misappropriated by George Zimmerman,” John M. Phillips, Wilson’s lawyer, said on his Facebook page. “My client will comment soon about this matter.”
Phillips confirmed to the Times-Union that Wilson did hire him.
“We certainly can confirm Rick has hired me,” Phillips said. “We are investigating and currently have no further comment.”
Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., announced on Twitter Wednesday about the new piece, entitled “Angie,” which shows the Florida state attorney bringing her fingers and thumb together and the text stating: “I Have This Much Respect For The American Judicial System. Angie C.”
— Robert Zimmerman JR (@rzimmermanjr) January 22, 2014
The painting was put up for sale Thursday. Robert Zimmerman said that they have received private offers through social media and that they are considering all sale options.
RE:”Angie”-We’ve received pvt offers via social media b4 planned release of sale details. Considering all options, incl. affordable prints.
— Robert Zimmerman JR (@rzimmermanjr) January 23, 2014
Last month, Zimmerman sold a canvas painting of the U.S. flag for $100,099.99 on eBay.
Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Martin last summer. The 30-year-old Zimmerman had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following a Nov. 18 confrontation at the central Florida house he shared with his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe.
She initially told police Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house. Charges were dropped after Scheibe refused to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime.
In September, Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed.
No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.
Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his acquittal.
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