The Florida State Attorney’s Office on Monday released audio of shocking testimony from a woman who said that George Zimmerman molested when her she was about 6 years old until she was 16.
A motion filed by Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, attempted to seal the testimony of “witness 9″ on the grounds that it was incendiary and irrelevant to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who Zimmerman is accused of murdering. But that motion did not make it to the court in time and the testimony was released at 11 a.m. on Monday.
According to The Miami Herald, the woman had contacted prosecutors early in the investigation to say she knew that Zimmerman’s family did not like blacks.
She also testified that that the former neighborhood watch captain had sexually molested her at his parents house when he was 8 and she was 6.
“We would watch movies in front of the TV and we would all lay in front of the TV,” witness 9 explained. “And he would reach under the blanket and try to do things and I would try to push him off, but he was bigger and stronger and older. It was in front of everybody!”
“He would put his hands under my pants, under my underwear and basically just finger me,” the woman said, adding that at one point Zimmerman forced her “rub” his penis after he had an operation due to problems urinating.
Witness 9 said the “groping” continued for years, until she was 16 years old and Zimmerman allegedly put his erection on her and she ran from the house.
“This is the first time in my life that I not afraid of him,” she told investigators.
During a second part of the interview the woman said that she had contacted authorities after Martin was shot because “I was afraid he may have done something because the kid was black.”
“Because growing up, him and his family have always made statements that they don’t like black people if they don’t act like white people,” she said. “They talk a lot of bad things about black people.”
At one point, the woman recalled speaking to Zimmerman’s mother about President Barack Obama.
“She said, ‘I don’t like Obama,’” the witness recalled. “And she said, ‘Because he’s black. I am a racist.’ Just loud and proud.”
Earlier this year, Zimmerman’s 64-year-old father, Robert Zimmerman, insisted that his son was not a racist.
“He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever,” Robert Zimmerman wrote in a letter to the Orlando Sentinel. “The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.”
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