*UPDATE 1 3/29/12 4:29 PM EST - Spike Lee has reached a settlement deal with Elaine and David McClain, reports the L.A. Times:
“The McClains’ claim is fully resolved,” Matt Morgan, their attorney, said in an email. “Mr. Lee personally called them to give a very heartfelt apology. Further, he agreed to compensate them for their loss and the disruption to their lives.
Filmmaker Spike Lee apologized to David and Elaine McClain of Sanford, Florida on Wednesday night after re-tweeting their address out to his 250,000 followers last week. Mr. Lee thought the McClain’s address belonged to George Zimmerman, the 28 year old man who fatally shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin last month (background here). In a tweet Mr. Lee wrote:
“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.Justice In Court.”
The McClains were forced to flee their home and stay at a local Sanford hotel after their address was tweeted out to hundreds of thousands of twitter followers.