Trayvon Martin’s Parents Claim Weinstein Company Owes Them $150K!
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, claim that
The Weinstein Co. owes them a check. The pair have filed legal documents, stating that the company owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the film and television rights to their book that explores the aftermath of the 2012 shooting that launched the Black Lives Mater movement.
They filed documents in Delaware bankruptcy court, claiming the company and its television unit entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and television series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.
They say that they are owed at least $150,000 as executive producers of the television series, episodes of which have been filmed, but not yet aired. The Weinstein Co. also optioned the movie rights, though the studio has not yet exercised this option.
The bankruptcy court approved the sale of The Weinstein Co. to the Dallas private equity firm, Lantern Capital, and is still dealing with claims filed by scores of actors, writers, producers and companies that have filed court papers saying they’re owed money.
Trayvon was a 17-year-old African American teen from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin had gone with his father on a visit to his father’s fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford. On the evening of February 26, Martin was walking back alone to the fiancée’s house after purchasing a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea at a nearby convenience store. The neighborhood had suffered several robberies that year. Zimmerman, a member of the community watch, saw Martin and reported him to the Sanford Police as suspicious. Moments later, an altercation between the two individuals took place and Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the chest.
Zimmerman, injured during the encounter, claimed self-defense in the confrontation, and was not charged at the time. The police said there was no evidence to refute his claim of self-defense, and that Florida’s stand your ground law prohibited law-enforcement officials from arresting or charging him. After national media focused on the tragedy, Zimmerman was eventually charged and tried in Martin’s death. A jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.