Jay-Z is making a documentary about the life and death of Trayvon Martin, and the guy who killed him is not happy about it.
George Zimmerman threatened Jay-Z after word got to him that the world-famous rapper and record mogul was creating a six-part docuseries dealing with the death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February of 2012. The trial was a national sensation as Martin was completely unarmed when he was killing occurred, however, Zimmerman was acquitted on all counts, sparking protests that swept through Florida and across the country.
Speaking to The Blast and The Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman said that the production company for the docuseries showed up at both Zimmerman’s parents and uncle’s homes in order to film them. He states that the production team harassed him and his family, but did not elaborate further.
Making a macabre reference to the Martin shooting, Zimmerman told The Blast, “I know how to handle people who f--- with me, I have since February 2012.”
Zimmerman proceeded to call out both Jay-Z and Michael Gasparro, the project’s co-executive producer, saying, “anyone who f---s with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
He also alleges that his ex-wife had been paid by the producers to appear in the docuseries, but no such compensation was offered to Zimmerman or his family to appear on film.
Titled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, the six-part docuseries is inspired by two books. The first, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by attorney Lisa Bloom, is an in-depth analysis of the trial including interviews with witnesses and jurors, while the second, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, is a biographical look at Martin’s life as well as the moments following his death.
The project was announced earlier this year as a collaboration between Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company. Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and his production company is now in financial dire straits, it’s uncertain whether the docuseries will be completed.