In report, Zimmerman denies throwing bottle at ex-girlfriend
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman became angry and threw a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend when she tried to break up with him, his latest run-in with police since he was acquitted of murdering unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2013, according to a police report released Monday.
Zimmerman denied throwing the bottle and disputed her claim that he destroyed the woman’s phone last week, according to the report. Instead, Zimmerman said, he was only trying to prevent her from entering his home.
In 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge for shooting Martin in a gated community in Florida, which sparked protests around America. The U.S. Justice Department has yet to say whether it will file federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who said he shot Martin in self-defense during a confrontation in February 2012. Relatives of Martin accused Zimmerman of racially profiling the teen.
On Friday, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was released Saturday on $5,000 bond.
Zimmerman didn’t respond to a message left on his phone Monday by The Associated Press.
Officers patrolling the neighborhood where Zimmerman lives last week heard the sound of glass shattering, and then saw the former girlfriend drive out of the driveway. They pulled her over for a traffic stop a few streets over because she didn’t have her lights on.
She explained that Zimmerman became angry after she told him she didn’t want to take the relationship further, and they also argued over a painting she had that he wanted returned. Zimmerman made threats and threw the wine bottle, which didn’t hit her, she said.
Since his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law.
He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend said he pointed a gun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to cooperate with detectives and prosecutors didn’t pursue the case.
Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed. No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.