The star witness in the trial against George Zimmerman has offered some new insight into the case, citing a “gay panic” defense, in her first interview since testifying on Piers Morgan Live last night.
Rachel Jeantel, who was reportedly on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin when the fatal altercation with Zimmerman began, told Morgan that both she and Martin “absolutely believed” Zimmerman was “pursuing” him, adding that they believed he “might be a rapist.”
“For every boy or every man who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creeped out?” she asked Morgan. Fearing that Martin could become a rape victim, Jeantel says she instructed him to “run, run, run.”
But the Drudge Report points out that this is not a new development at all, claiming the jury focused more on her description of Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker” instead of a gay panic defense. Some media outlets have since labeled Martin “homophobic,” a “bigot,” and even a “gay basher.”
Surprisingly, Rush Limbaugh was one of the first to point out the allegations and use them to his advantage in claiming that Trayvon Martin was homophobic.
DR highlighted comments made on Limbaugh’s blog this afternoon:
Do you understand, ladies and gentlemen, what she just said? Let me spell it out for you. When Trayvon described Zimmerman to her, “creepy ass cracka,” she began to fear that Zimmerman was gay. A rapist. She then told Trayvon to run, run, run…
“For every boys [sic], or every man, every who’s not that kinda way,” meaning everybody who’s straight, “see a grown man following them, would they be creep out?” She’s telling us the reason Trayvon Martin descended on Zimmerman and started pummeling him was because he was offended. He thought, because what she said to him, that Zimmerman was gay. Zimmerman got beat up because Trayvon thought he was gay.
The allegations obviously cannot affect the jury’s verdict in hindsight. But if the altercation was, in fact, motivated by homophobia, would it change the way you feel about the case?
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