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March 28, 2012

Elderly Couple Forced Out of their Home After Spike Lee's Tweet

Spike Lee retweeted what he thought was the address of George Zimmerman. It wasn't. It was the address of an elderly couple in their 70's. And now they're in a hotel out of fear for their safety.

An elderly Florida couple have been forced to move into a hotel after their home address was wrongly tweeted as belonging to the man who shot teen Trayvon Martin.

The tweets were traced back to a man in California and the address was also reportedly retweeted by director Spike Lee to his almost 250,000 followers.

The couple, aged 70 and 72, have been harassed with hate mail, been hassled by media and had scared neighbors questioning them since the tweet, their son Chip Humble told the Orlando Sentinel.

Lee knows that he made a mistake. Yet he hasn't deleted the tweet, and he hasn't apologized. And now he knows what people were talking about when they said let's not have a rush to judgment.

Ace gave him a hilarious twitter beating yesterday. Scroll down to this tweet for the start of it:

Spike Lee's penalty should be that they don't let him make movies anymore. Wait a tick, they already won't let him make movies anymore.

Update: Film Ladd finds that Lee violated Twitter rules. According to the user agreement:

You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.

Let @Twitter know. Or Twitter's CEO, @DickC.

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