(USA TODAY) - George Zimmerman's parents have sued Roseanne Barr for tweeting their address two years ago, which they claim forced them to go into hiding before he was charged with killing Trayvon Martin.
The lawsuit, filed Monday, said the comedian, activist and 2012 presidential candidate published their identities, address and phone number March 29, 2012, writing, "At first I thought it was good to let ppl know that no one can hide anymore."
She subsequently deleted that tweet.
Barr later tweeted, "If Zimmerman isn't arrested I'll rt his address again -- maybe go 2 his house myself."
George Zimmerman had not lived at the house in Lake Mary, Fla., since 2006, though his named remained on the title until 2008, the suit states.
Zimmerman's parents accused Barr of knowing her tweets were "an open and obvious call for vigilante justice" and intending "to cause a lynch mob to descend" on their home, which they bought in 2001
They also allege that she violated Twitter's terms of service by publishing personal information without their consent.
Barr's conduct "went beyond all possible bounds of decency and is utterly intolerable in a civilized community," the suit contends.
The Zimmermans claim they were "forced to flee their home as a direct result" of Barr's tweets and "have not been able to return to live in the house." But the Orlando Sentinel reported that Robert Zimmerman had told the newspaper March 15, 2012, that he and his wife had already moved out because of death threats after their son shot the 17-year-old Trayvon during a struggle Feb. 12.
The Zimmermans are seeking an unspecified amount more than $15,000 for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood-watch volunteer, was acquitted last summer of murdering Trayvon, which he claimed was in self-defense. The boy was unarmed.
Zimmerman says in a new video posted by his divorce attorneys that he wishes people had "a clean slate" about him, "just no prejudice."
"Just think of me as me the person, not who I've been portrayed as by the media, by the state, by the government, whomever it may be," he said
He said the video, which was recorded Friday and posted Wednesday, was an effort to "show America who I truly am."
"On a grand scale, I would like to make enough of an impact on the judicial system so that what happens to me never happens to anybody," Zimmerman said.