George Zimmerman is deciding whether he should file a lawsuit against NBC for defamation.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara released the following statement to HLN:
“NBC intentionally edited George Zimmerman’s non-emergency call to make it appear he is a racist, then they repeatedly broadcast that edited tape to the nation. What NBC did is outrageous. Due in large part to NBC’s actions, George has had to live in hiding, in fear for his life. Yes, we are considering a lawsuit against NBC for defamation, and we have collaborated with outside counsel to advise Mr. Zimmerman."
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26. Martin was returning from a convenience store and was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense.
In March, NBC’s "Today" show aired an edited version of the 911 call, in which it appeared that Zimmerman was volunteering information about Martin’s race to the operator. In the actual call, Zimmerman responds to a question from the operator about Martin’s race.
NBC launched an internal investigation into the matter, and fired a reporter and producer. The network terminated the employment of Miami-based correspondent Lilia Luciano, and an unnamed Miami based producer.
NBC has not responded to a request from CNN for comment on the matter.