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George Zimmerman Sues NBC, Names Former WTVJ Reporter Jeff Burnside, Lilia Luciano as Defendants

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News broke tonight that George Zimmerman’s lawyers have filed a defamation lawsuit against the NBC network over the edited 911 tape from the night of the shooting which made Zimmerman appear racist and for falsely claiming he used a racial epithet.

Named in the lawsuit are NBC reporter Ron Allen who aired a report that claimed Zimmerman used a racial epithet. Lilia Luciano who was a correspondent for NBC News based in South Florida and who NBC fired over using the edited 911 tape in her reports. As well as former WTVJ investigative journalist Jeff Burnside, SFLTV broke the news Burnside was fired for using the edited 911 Zimmerman tape in his report.

The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages from NBC Universal and the named defendants. News reports that got a response from NBC quote a network spokesperson saying NBC intends to vigorously defend itself against the accusations.

George Zimmerman’s defense has set up a website with info on the lawsuit

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