George Zimmerman, the man who has proven his ability to react calmly and rationally in the face of conflict, was finally kicked off of Twitter on Thursday for doxxing and posting nudes (which he claimed aren’t actually nudes) of his ex-girlfriend.
In a series of tweets, the bigoted folk hero accused a woman of sleeping with a “dirty Muslim,” and posted two topless photographs of her, as well as her email address and phone number. He encouraged his followers to flood her inbox and voicemail.
Zimmerman has a history of being taken into police custody over domestic violence disputes. New York reports:
Since being found not guilty in the Trayvon Martin shooting, Zimmerman has been taken into police custody multiple times over allegations of domestic violence. In September 2013, his then-wife Shellie called 911 to say that he had punched her father in the nose and threatened her with a gun; that November, he was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after threatening his girlfriend with a shotgun, shoving her, and breaking her belongings; and this past January, he was arrested yet again for throwing a wine bottle at another girlfriend.
Florida, Zimmerman’s home state, happens to have a law banning revenge porn, but Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami and director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, told the Washington Post that it probably didn’t apply here.
“Zimmerman’s actions probably do not violate Florida’s revenge porn law. That law only applies to images that depict the person’s nudity or engagement in sexual conduct,” she said, noting that the photos Zimmerman posted never met the law’s standard for nudity. “It’s possible that Zimmerman may have researched the law to make sure that he didn’t violate it.”
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