"I deeply apologize to the McClain family for retweeting their address," Lee tweeted
. "It was a mistake. Please leave the McClain’s in peace. Justice in court."
The situation began when Spike Lee retweeted a post on Twitter that he believed contained the home address of George Zimmerman, the man at the center of the investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin in February. The posted address actually belonged to David and Elaine McClain, an elderly couple from Sanford, FL.
It has been reported
that the couple had to leave their home and relocate to a hotel after becoming the recipients of much unwanted media attention as well as threats and hate mail. The confusion seems to stem from the fact the woman's son is named William George Zimmerman and he lived briefly at the address in 1995.
The couple remains at the hotel where they relocated, and have hired
an attorney to represent them. The lawyer refused comment as to whether the couple would pursue legal remedy against Lee.