Also being sued are the former prosecutors in the previous Zimmerman case, and Harper Collins, which published a book written by Ben Crump, the attorney who represented Martin's family.
Zimmerman is seeking at least $100 million U.S. in damages from Martin's parents, state prosecutors and two women whom he accused in a Polk County, Florida, lawsuit of helping provide false statements to investigators and during the trial, according to court papers.
The suit seeks $100 million in civil damages, claiming Zimmerman's constitutional rights were violated. He was later acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges, and the Justice Department declined to charge him with a federal hate crime. "He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims", Crump stated.
Despite this, Zimmerman incredulously claims "he dropped out of school after the charges, has received death threats and has suffered 'great mental anguish, resulting in Zimmerman requiring professional treatment by psychologists for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and weight gain, '" the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports who also obtained a copy of the suit.
Zimmerman wasn't initially arrested in the case, due to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws.
According to the lawsuit, Brittany Diamond Eugene didn't want to testify that she had been talking to Martin before he was killed.
The suit alleges that a key witness for the prosecution in his 2013 murder trial, 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel, lied about being Martin's 16-year-old girlfriend "Diamond Eugene" and alleged that she "provided false statements to incriminate Zimmerman based on coaching from others". The director of the documentary plans to address these claims in a press conference scheduled for Thursday.
Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch whose other clients include the conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, made headlines earlier this year when a legal ethics panel recommended he be suspended for misconduct regarding his actions toward a female client who had refused to enter into a romantic relationship with him.
Last July, an ethics committee of the bar in the District of Columbia recommended that Klayman's law license be suspended for more than two years. In 2016, he auctioned off the gun he used to kill Martin. Zimmerman claimed that he would donate part of the proceeds from the auction to fighting Black Lives Matter.
After news of the lawsuit broke, the screening of the documentary promoted by Klayman was abruptly canceled.