JAY-Z and The Weinstein Company announced a six-part docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story in March. Based on attorney Lisa Bloom’s book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, it chronicles Trayvon Martin’s brief life, his shooting death at the hands of George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal.
When Zimmerman learned the production team working on the docuseries attempted to interview his family, he threatened to “beat JAY-Z” and feed anyone who “fucks” with his parents to “an alligator,” according to The Blast.
It all started two weeks ago when the team — spearheaded by executive producer Michael Gasparro — made unannounced visits to both Zimmerman’s parents and uncle’s home where Zimmerman says they “harassed” his family. He didn’t confirm whether they went on camera to participate in the project.
“Anyone who fucks with my parents will be fed to an alligator,” he reportedly said.
Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old Martin five years ago, also said, “I know how to handle people who fuck with me, I have since February 2012,” alluding to the date of Martin’s death (February 26, 2012).
Zimmerman is reportedly bothered that producers allegedly paid his ex-wife to appear in the documentary but refuse to pay any of his other family members.
Considering the recent Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and Bloom’s contentious working relationship with the Hollywood titan (she previously represented him and admitted that decision was a “colossal mistake” in an interview with Vanity Fair), it’s unclear if the project will ever see the light of day.