George Zimmerman considers defamation lawsuit against NBC

Published October 04, 2012

| FoxNews.com

George Zimmerman is considering a defamation lawsuit against NBC over its reports about a phone call he made to dispatchers moments before he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman's attorney said Thursday that the former neighborhood watch captain has contacted another lawyer about possibly filing a lawsuit.

"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," Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. "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."  

Each of the reports on either "Today" or NBC's Miami station involve editing of Zimmerman's phone call to a dispatcher that emphasizes his identification of Martin as a black male.

Three employees of NBC or the NBC-owned station lost their jobs because of the editing changes.

NBC spokeswoman Megan Kopf says the network isn't commenting.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder but has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

A delay in Zimmerman's arrest led to protests nationwide.

Fox News' Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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