Updated 7/16/12 at 3:20 p.m.
Monday morning, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey released more phone calls that George Zimmerman (pictured) made while in prison. Shockingly, Witness 9’s statement were also released against Zimmerman’s attorneys’ wishes. Why? In a number of statements, Witness 9 alleges that Zimmerman molested her for years as a child and never liked Blacks, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Even though defense attorney Mark O’Mara attempted to block Witness 9’s statements from being released as recently as this morning — because he felt that the information would make the public’s reaction to his client even more “hostile” — Prosecutor Corey chose to release the controversial statements anyway.
According to Witness 9, Zimmerman, who is reportedly two years older than the witness, used to put his hands under her pants and underwear when they were children:
“It started when I was 6, he’s almost about two years older than I am,” she said, adding that Zimmerman was bigger and stronger. “He would put his hands under my pants, under my underwear.”
The inappropriate touching allegedly happened when her and her sister stayed with the Zimmermans in Virginia, because her family was moving out of state:
“We would all lay in front of the TV” to watch movies, she said, “and he would reach under the blankets and try to do things. … I would try to push him off, but he was bigger and stronger and older,” she said.
According to Witness 9, the molestation finally ended when she turned 16, after Zimmerman reportedly ordered her to lay on a bed and then began massaging her:
“I just got up and I ran out of the house and I got in my car,” she said, adding that Zimmerman “only chased me to the front door.”
Witness 9 also said that her and her family eventually confronted him about his behavior at a restaurant and that his personality is different when he isn’t within a group.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
In private, she said, Zimmerman was different than when he was around a group of people.
“He always was just, you know, very charming and personable with everyone … and just would laugh and entertain everybody,” she said. “But he was different behind closed doors with me.”
As if that wasn’t enough information to digest for a lifetime, Witness 9 also added that Zimmerman and his family always had a bias against Blacks and only liked them if they “acted White.”
[Zimmerman's family] “don’t like black people if they don’t act like White people. They like Black people if they act White.”
When authorities asked Witness 9 why she decided to speak up now, she reportedly said, “This is the first time in my life that I’m not afraid of him.”
As for the phone calls that were released, they were reportedly made back when Zimmerman was initially arrested and charged with second-degree murder back in April, after Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as he returned to his father’s residence.
In June, the first of six calls were released to the public. While the majority of calls involved Zimmerman instructing his family members and wife to move money around in their accounts, one phone call revealed Zimmerman joking about hiding in a hoodie for his protection.The calls also shed light on a confident and secure defendant who agreed with his wife that after this ordeal was over he’d “have a great life.”
Since Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, lied to the court about their indigence and lack of funds — which came out in the phone calls — Zimmerman’s bond was revoked and Shellie was briefly arrested and charged with perjury. Even though Zimmerman clearly lied to the court, he was released on a second bond on July 5.
Obviously, Witness 9’s statements can support the common-held belief that Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon. In the beginning of the case, when Zimmerman’s 911 calls were released, Zimmerman said to the dispatcher, “These *ssholes, they always get away.”
Many interpreted Zimmerman’s comment of “they” to mean Black people who “always get away.” It was also reported that Zimmerman made 46 phone calls to 911 in one year from January 2011 each time he saw a Black person in his community. These details could help the prosecution’s case that Zimmerman is a crazed racist and rogue neighborhood volunteer who took “justice” in to his own hands.
But his alleged racism isn’t only targeted at Blacks.
According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman wrote the following about Mexicans on his Facebook page:
“I don’t miss driving around scared to miss Mexicans, walkin on the side of the street, soft as wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around.”
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family, issued a brief statement, saying witness 9 could be a state rebuttal witness, one called after Zimmerman presents all of his evidence to jurors.
The defendant’s mentality, Crump wrote, “is very relevant to this trial.”