Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, is suing NBC News over a misleading edit of Zimmerman's call to 911 before the shooting, the New York Post reported Thursdsay.
A representative for Zimmerman's lawyer would not confirm or deny the report to TheWrap, but said an announcement in the case was imminent. NBC News declined to comment.
The NBC News edit made it appear that Zimmerman volunteered that Martin was black. In fact, he provided the Florida teenager's race only when asked by the dispatcher. The distinction is important because Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has been accused of killing Martin in part because of his race. The shooting has continued a long, intense national debate over racial profiling.
Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. He is charged with second-degree murder.
NBC News President Steve Capus said in April that the edit was unfortunate, but not deliberately misleading. He told Reuters that the edit was "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call."
Still, NBC fired a producer over the edit, and its Miami affiliate fired a reporter.
The call aired on NBC's "Today" show March 27.
"This guy looks like he's up to no good … he looks black," Zimmerman said in the edited segment.
However, a crucial exchange between Zimmerman and the 911 dispatcher was excised.
"This guy looks like he's up to no good," Zimmerman told the dispatcher in the full version of the tape. "Or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about."
"OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?" the dispatcher asked.
Zimmerman replied, "He looks black."
More to come...