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July 17, 2012

George Zimmerman’s Cousin: He Sexually Abused Me for Over 10 Years

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Written by: Kelly Virella

George Zimmerman apologizing to Trayvon Martin’s parents at his bond hearing.


hen it started, she was six-years-old, she alleges, and it appears George Zimmerman may have been 7. They would lay in front of the TV under blankets and he would reach under the blankets and touch her sexually, she alleges. At least once, when she was 12, he forced her to touch him, she alleges. The abuse continued until she was 19 and at times involved him inserting his finger into her vagina, she alleges.

“I would try to push him off but he was bigger and stronger and older,” the woman said, audibly weeping in the Florida State Attorney’s Office interview recording released Monday, according to Huffington Post BlackVoices reports. “It was in front of everybody and I don’t know how I didn’t say anything, I just didn’t know any better.”

These are just some of the new allegations that surfaced yesterday against George Zimmerman, after special prosecutor Angela Corey released the interview of a woman that Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara has said is Zimmerman’s cousin.  The woman, now about 27-years-old, according to Reuters, also said Zimmerman molested another woman and that he and his family are racist against blacks.

“I was afraid that he may have done something because the kid was black,” the witness told investigators, according to Huffington Post BlackVoices, which has posted audio of the woman’s interview. “Because growing up they’ve always made, him and his family have always made statements that they don’t like black people if they don’t act like white people. They like black people if they act white and other than that, they talk a lot of bad things about black people.”

O’Mara issued a statement saying, “the defense will vigorously defend Mr. Zimmerman against the allegations,” according to Reuters.

Zimmerman confessed to shooting and killing 17-year-old African-American male Trayvon Martin and now faces a second degree murder charge in connection with the killing. The news is an counterpoint to last week’s news that witnesses say is Zimmerman is not racist and not violent.

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.