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Viral misinformation involving celebrities rarely seems to draw direct response from the actors and artists in question. But Boosie Badazz, the rapper formerly known as Lil Boosie, has a message in the wake of rumors that he got into an altercation with George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012.
"Leave me alone," he said in a video posted to his Instagram account on Jan. 15. He described the video as a "service announcement," and then announced that he’s never seen George Zimmerman in his life except on television.
"George don’t know me, talking about I did something to him at Walmart — that is a lie," he said.
A Jan. 13 Facebook post shows an image with what looks like this headline: "Lil Boosie and Zimmerman allegedly get into it outside of Florida Wal-Mart."
Below a photo of Lil Boosie and a photo of Zimmerman, the post continues:
"According to witnesses, Boosie spotted Zimmerman and said, ‘Hey, you that fat a*s n*gga who killed Travyon right?’ Boosie violently approached Zimmerman. Zimmerman appeared to be ‘reaching for his gun’, according to witnesses. Although Zimmerman is being hospitalized, Boosie suffered injuries as well, including a busted lip and nose.
"Boosie is currently in custody and will appear before a judge for assault charges next week."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Boosie Badazz doesn’t appear injured in the Instagram post.
The Miami Herald reported that rumor is "fake news."
"Contrary to what you may have heard, or read, Boosie Badazz did not, we repeat, did not engage with George Zimmerman at Walmart," the story says.
The New York Post reported that the fight story was "apparently spurred by the anonymous social media account My Mix Tapez."
We rate this post False.
Facebook post, Jan. 15, 2020
Boosie Badazz Instagram post, Jan. 15, 2020
Miami Herald, Rapper Boosie Badazz says he doesn’t know George Zimmerman and didn’t beat him up, Jan. 15, 2019
New York Post, Lil Boosie says he didn’t beat up George Zimmerman, Jan. 15, 2020
Complex, Boosie Badazz responds to claims that he fought George Zimmerman in a Walmart, Jan. 15, 2020
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