The network allegedly paid for the family to stay in two hotel rooms in the Ritz-Carlton for three nights along with "everything" they wanted while George was in town to tape an interview on "New Day," according to GQ's profile on the Zimmerman family. George Zimmerman fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, and was acquitted in 2013.
"The Zimmermans seized on their brief stint of subsidized luxury," Amanda Robb writes in GQ. "They ran up a big room-service bill, cleaned out the minibars, got their clothes laundered, made several trips to the spa, treated a party of ten to dinner at the hotel restaurant, and bought swag—from bracelets to bath fizzies—at the gift shop."
Check out the full profile on GQ here.
Georges brother, Robert, told GQ that the family ultimately racked up a room bill of $3,600. And after a little arguing, which included a CNN producer calling the brothers "evil" on the phone, Robert said, CNN agreed to front the entire bill.
GQ also revealed that Zimmerman refused to provide a comment on the story unless the magazine also gave him a hotel room for a week. GQ turned down the offer.