Spike Lee's Twitter account may be worth almost $450,000, but it's just one tweet in particular that may end up costing him. Back in March, angered over the Trayvon Martin shooting, Lee tweeted "EVERYBODY REPOST THIS George W. Zimmerman" and then what he thought was Zimmerman's address. In reality, it was the address of elderly couple Elaine and David McClain, who have no ties to Zimmerman or Martin.
Though Lee realized the error of his ways, his comments were retweeted thousands of time, and the damage was already done. Lee apologized to the McClains and settled with the couple for $10,000 shortly after he pulled down the tweet, but according to The Wrap, the McClains are now suing Lee for another $15,000 in damages, attorney fees, and court costs. The McClains allege that they are still continuing to receive death threats and hate mail, due to continued retweets of Lee's original tweet. (Their address, along with the tweet, is still posted online on many websites.)
Lee appeared on Oprah's Next Chapter this past weekend and called his actions "stupid," stating "There's nothing I can say that can defend that. It was stupid. S-T-O-O-P-I-D."