ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – George Zimmerman denies throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend in his latest run-in with authorities since being acquitted of murdering unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2013.
In a police report released Monday, Zimmerman says that in the confrontation he didn't throw a bottle at her nor destroy her cellphone as she claimed. Instead, he says, he was only trying to prevent her from entering his home.
Zimmerman was arrested Friday in Lake Mary and charged with aggravated assault.
Police officers say they heard the sound of glass breaking at the home while on patrol and saw broken glass in the driveway.
According to the alleged victim, whose name has not been disclosed, Zimmerman became angry after she told him she didn't want to take the relationship further, and they also argued over a painting she had that he wanted returned. Zimmerman made threats and threw the wine bottle, which didn't hit her, she said.
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Detectives described her as "extremely emotional, crying, mad and upset" and said she became reluctant to cooperate when she realized that officers might be conducting an investigation. She called her former boyfriend "that psycho, George Zimmerman" and said several times that she should have known better than to get involved with him.
The ex-girlfriend told investigators that she had had an "intimate relationship" with Zimmerman since the end of last year.
"She indicated that this began at a time when she was emotionally vulnerable," the report said.
Zimmerman was arrested at his house on Friday, four days after the confrontation. Detectives said in the police report that he refused to come to the door for more than two hours despite their repeated knocking. They said they could hear the television on and a dog barking.
Zimmerman eventually came outside after police officers agreed to allow him to keep his attorney on his cell phone with him while he was interviewed, the report said.
Since his acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting of Martin, Zimmerman has had several run-ins with authorities.
The former neighborhood watch volunteer was arrested Friday in Lake Mary and charged with aggravated assault. He was released Saturday on $5,000 bond.
Zimmerman didn't respond to a message left on his cell phone Monday by The Associated Press.