George Zimmerman’s attorney says his client, who was arrested on domestic violence charges Friday night, has “not been lucky” in love.
Zimmerman, 31, is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly hurling a bottle of wine at his girlfriend in Lake Mary, Florida. Don West, Zimmerman’s lawyer, said he would not “speculate” on the circumstances of the alleged assault, but did note that Zimmerman “has not been lucky with the ladies,” according to NBC.
Zimmerman is out of jail on bond under the conditions that he have no contact with the victim and give up any firearms in his possession.
The 31-year-old’s purported bad luck includes a slew of domestic violence allegations over the last decade. In 2005, he and his ex-fiancee Veronica Zuazo filed for restraining orders against each other, each accusing the other of violence. In September of 2013, his then-wife, Shellie Zimmerman, claimed that Zimmerman threatened her family with a gun, though she ended up not pressing charges, and a police spokesman said officers found no evidence he ever had a gun. In December of that year, his then-girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told officials that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her face and smashed her coffee table, but she later recanted some of her accusations and declined to pursue the case.
In his response to the Friday incident, West also noted that “anyone who has been through what [Zimmerman] has would have a rough time.” West was presumably referring, at least in part, to Zimmerman’s trial and subsequent acquittal for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013.
UPDATE 1-12-2014: A police report released Monday states that Zimmerman denied the allegations that he threw a bottle at the woman or destroyed her cell phone, according to the Associated Press. He allegedly told officials that he was just trying to keep her from getting into his home.