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Twitter suspends George Zimmerman over nude photos of woman he says cheated on him

Twitter suspended George Zimmerman's account after the acquitted killer posted nude photos and the phone number on the social media site of a woman who allegedly cheated on him.

Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the highly publicized fatal 2012 shooting of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, posted under his Twitter handle,"@TherealGeorgeZ," nude pictures and contact information of a woman he called "Heather," whom he said had cheated on him with "a dirty Muslim" and had stolen from him.

"This is Heather," the first of two tweets about her read, the New York Daily News reported. "She cheated on me with a dirty Muslim." He added a phone number and told his 15,500 followers, "She'll sleep with anyone."

Zimmerman quickly followed by posting another tweet saying: "Did I go to far? I won't even mention that she stole a gun and cash from me."

While a spokesperson for Twitter told the Washington Post that the company does not comment on individual Twitter accounts, the spokesperson did make clear that Twitter bans the posting of confidential information, including so-called "revenge porn." Twitter prohibits the nonconsenual posting of "non-public, personal phone numbers," "non-public, personal email addresses" and "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."

Along with losing his Twitter account, which had around 1,500 followers, Zimmerman could also land back in court thanks to a new law in Florida regarding "revenge porn" pics.

It is not exactly clear whether or not Zimmerman broke the law, which went into effect on Oct. 1, but the legal language defines sexual cyberharassment as publishing "a sexually explicit image of a person that contains or conveys the personal identification information of the depicted person to an Internet website without the depicted person's consent, for no legitimate purpose, with the intent of causing substantial emotional distress to the depicted person."

The problem with bringing charges against Zimmerman is that the photos may not meet the requirement for what is defined as "nudity." Zimmerman still could be held liable under the state's coercion, stalking or harassment laws, said Carrie Goldberg of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.

"Zimmerman's publication of the victim's personal information like her phone number and email address suggest an intention to incite third parties to contact this woman in a sort of harassment-by-proxy scenario," Goldberg said. "Not only could he be arrested criminally, but this behavior makes a strong case for the victim to obtain an order of protection from family court."

This is not the first time that Zimmerman has gotten himself in hot water on social media. In September, he retweeted a picture of Martin's corpse and over the summer went on a homophobic tirade in which he also called President Obama "racist."

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