Barbara Walters: Zimmerman Showed Up in T-Shirt, Demanded We Foot Month-Long Hotel Bill
Walters told a stunned audience that she flew to Florida to meet with Zimmerman to arrange an interview with him, but the meeting was anything but ordinary.
According to Walters, Zimmerman arrived to the meeting in a t-shirt, and made an outlandish demand.
Although Walters didn’t reveal what Zimmerman’s demand was, the Miami Herald reported that Zimmerman wanted ABC to pay for a month-long hotel stay for he and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Walters said only, ”It was a condition that, being a member of ABC News, I was unable to grant.”
Walters continued, describing Zimmerman as “soft spoken” and “desperate for money”. Walters also said Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, wanted him to do the interview.
If the interview had been granted, it would have aired after Sean Hannity’s Fox interview on Wednesday night, which was broadcast at 9PM EST.
Zimmerman called into The View during the show to smooth things over with Walters, but she refused his call.
“Mr. Zimmerman, if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today,” Walters said.
Zimmerman and O’Mara may’ve intended to go on Fox to repair Zimmerman’s reputation after allegations of child molestation emerged last week, and the judge who presided over his bond hearing called him a “manipulator”, but it appears that that strategy has backfired.
Consider that today’s headlines have been filled with reporters and pundits questioning Zimmerman’s characterization of what happened the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin as “God’s will.” Zimmerman also drew strong criticism for saying he wouldn’t have done anything differently if he had the opportunity to relive the night in question.
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