Spike Lee apologized to a Florida couple who claim they were forced to leave their home after the film director retweeted their address as that of George Zimmerman, who shot Fla. teen Trayvon Martin.

Lee tweeted the address to his roughly 250,000 followers last weekend, but he got the wrong Zimmermans.

“Elaine and David McClain are in their 70s and say they have a son named William George Zimmerman who lived in their Sanford-area home in the mid-1990s. They say he is no relation to 28-year-old George Zimmerman who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26,” reported the Associated Press on Thursday.

The couple, in their 70s, say they were forced to flee their home because of threats.

“We’re afraid for our lives. (George Zimmerman’s) got to be 100 times more than that,” Mrs. McClain told WKMG news.

They hope Zimmerman is arrested to secure their own safety.

It’s worth noting Lee also received several racially charged responses after he posted the address.

TMZ also points out, Lee’s apology came a few hours after the McClains reportedly lawyered up.

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