The parents of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teenager who was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012, have reportedly filed a claim against the Weinstein Company for at least $150,000.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed documents at a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware last week that said the bankrupt company — previously headed by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein — had entered a deal to buy the rights to a possible movie and TV series based on their book about their son, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The parents claim they are owed $150,000 for their roles as executive producers of a TV series that has been filmed but has yet to be broadcast.
Zimmerman’s acquittal for killing Martin, who was walking home from a convenience store, is sometimes seen as one of the launching points of the Black Lives Matter movement, along with the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
Earlier this month, the Weinstein Company got approval to sell its remaining assets to the Dallas equity firm Lantern Capital.
The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in March after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) filed a lawsuit against the business and its founders claiming the company had violated employees' rights by failing to protect them from “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination."
The Martin family is just one of several dozen actors, writers, producers and companies that have filed court documents claiming the Weinstein Company owes them money, according to the AP.