George Zimmerman Facing Legal Trouble for Copying AP Photo in New Painting
George Zimmerman Facing Legal Trouble for Copying AP Photo in New Painting

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, is facing new legal troubles. The Associated Press sent Zimmerman a cease-and-desist letter because he reportedly copied an AP photo of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey.

AP spokesman Paul Colford wrote in a statement to Talking Points Memo and ANIMAL New York that “George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey,” he said in the statement. “The AP has sent a cease-and-desist letter asserting its copyright in the photo to the lawyer who recently represented Zimmerman. That lawyer has responded, and though she no longer represents Mr. Zimmerman, she will be forwarding the letter to him today.”

Still more trouble, Rick Wilson, the photographer who took the photo for the AP, has also retained a lawyer, John Phillips, who told the Orlando Sentinel that he, too, sent George Zimmerman a cease-and-desist letter, stating that if he tries to sell the painting, Wilson will file a lawsuit in conjunction with the AP.