The ugly narrative of Klanservative icon/violently disturbed man George Zimmerman just got a lot uglier. And the predictable has happened; his worshipful flock of Klanservative minority haters have lined up to praise and protect their hero, and a lot of others have immediately accepted this story as being true.
Let’s look at what the new allegations are, and reflect on them for a few minutes.
A Florida woman claims ex-neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman molested her when she was a child.
The unidentified woman told investigators in an interview released Monday the abuse began when she was 6 and Zimmerman was about 8. She says she was fondled, groped and kissed numerous times until she was about 16.
She says they would see each other at family gatherings, but their relationship was not clear.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, did not respond to a request for comment.
Police and prosecutors did not return telephone calls about whether they plan to use the interview at trial or pursue charges.
The woman appears to have gone into some detail about not only what she says Zimmerman did to her, but life in the Zimmerman household in general.
The woman, who said she is a relative of Zimmerman, recounts incidents that she said began when she was 6 and he was 8. She said the sexual abuse began when she and her sister went to stay with Zimmerman and his family.
She said Zimmerman assaulted her numerous times, groping her with his hands, kissing her, fondling her inside her pants and inserting his fingers in her vagina.
“I wanted to make it stop, but I didn’t know how,” the woman tearfully told investigators. She said she never said anything about the alleged abuse because she was scared.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, had argued that the interview should not be released. O’Mara wrote in a motion that the statement “is not relevant” to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and would “serve to reignite and potentially enhance the widespread public hostility toward Mr. Zimmerman.”
The woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, said her family and Zimmerman’s family were always together.
She said the last incident occurred when she was 16 and they were both in a house his family owned in Lake Mary, Fla. She said he told her to lay on a bed, then laid down next to her and tried to massage her. She said they were clothed, but she said she felt his erection. She said she ran out of the room and house.
The woman said that in 2005, when she was 20, she told her sister that “something happened,” but didn’t provide details. Her sister told her parents, who confronted Zimmerman. At the time, he allegedly said, “I’m sorry,” but they never discussed it further, she said.
Zimmerman’s family wanted to sweep everything under the rug, the woman said. The families still got together, but she said Zimmerman stopped attending many of those functions.
She said she came forward now because, “For the first time in my life, I’m not afraid of him.”
Attorney Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the Martin family, said Monday “as the state attorney previously stated, she (witness 9) certainly would be a rebuttal witness very similar to that in the Sandusky trial showing that he (Zimmerman) has a history of violence and manipulation. Zimmerman’s mentality is very relevant to this trial.”
The woman told Sanford police in a telephone interview released in May that Zimmerman and his family are racist against blacks. In that interview, she refused to identify herself.
“Growing up he and his family always made statements that they did not like black people unless they act white,” she told police.
These are some pretty nasty allegations, if they are true. But we shouldn’t just assume that they are true automatically. We know nothing of the woman making the allegations. Has she said things like this before, as she claims? If she has, I’m afraid that in my own mind at least, the allegations would carry more weight. It would make sense that she didn’t want to find herself on the wrong side of the son of a powerful Virginia State official. Reporting him after a major arrest would, as she says, seem like a lot safer proposition then confronting him beforehand.
Clearly, what we already know of Zimmerman marks him as a deeply disturbed individual. If he is guilty of the newest allegations, this wouldn’t exactly stand out from the narrative of his life that we’re already familiar with. And it would certainly make releasing him on bail seem questionable.
Stay tuned. This story is going to take a lot of turns.