MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In the newly released documentary ‘The Trayvon Hoax,’ filmmaker Joel Gilbert claims the key prosecution witness during George Zimmerman’s trial is a fraud.
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Gilbert claims the case fueled racial tensions in America and was based on a faulty narrative.
The film was supposed to be shown to the media at the Coral Gables Art Cinema Thursday after a news conference on the $100 million lawsuit George Zimmerman has filed against Martin s parents, their attorney Ben Crump and prosecutors.
But the news conference and screening were abruptly cancelled.
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“I was shocked,” said Gilbert. “We showed it at the National Press Club and there was no problem. I’m upset we were treated this way.”
“We didn’t know there was a false witness. Thank God Zimmerman was acquitted otherwise he’d be in prison for life,” said attorney Larry Klayman.
The theatre’s co-executive director said Gilbert never had a contract and never told them the title of the film.
Gilbert gave us a copy of an email confirming the room rental.
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Attorney Ben Crump took to the airwaves to blast the lawsuit calling it frivolous.