An elderly Florida couple were reportedly forced to flee their home after director Spike Lee mistakenly tweeted their address.

According to THR, Lee thought he was sharing the whereabouts of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Instead, he sent out the address of a William George Zimmerman, who is no relation.

According to The Smoking Gun, Elaine McCain and her husband -- parents of William George Zimmerman -- have been living in fear since Lee tweeted their address and "took flight last Friday."

As the McCains told TSG, "Maybe we should get a lawyer and send a cease and desist letter to Spike Lee."

Lee's retweet originally came from Marcus Davonne Higgins, who also posted it to his Facebook wall with the message: "Feel free to reach out & touch him." The address mix-up was apparently Higgins's, who also sent the tweet to 50 Cent, LeBron James and Will Smith, although only Lee retweeted. After Lee shared the erroneous address with his 248,000 followers, several hostile tweets followed that suggested someone go to Zimmerman's house and seek revenge for Martin's death.

Lee's office told THR that the director is unavailable to comment.

UPDATE:Spike Lee has apologized for retweeting the address. "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace."

UPDATE 2:Spike Lee has reached a settlement with the McClain family.

[via THR]

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