SANFORD, Fla. (AP) â George Zimmermanâs wife, Shellie, said she stood by her man âthrough everythingâ but once he was acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, he left her with âa bunch of pieces of broken glass.â
Zimmerman, who filed for divorce from George Zimmerman on Thursday, told ABCâs âGood Morning Americaâ in an interview aired Friday that her husband is selfish.
In the interview, she said her husband only stayed in their house three or four nights since the trial ended in July and that they even tried counseling but she moved out Aug. 13.
âI have a selfish husband and I think George is all about George,â she said.
Last week, Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husbandâs arrest after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martin. She was sentenced to a yearâs probation and 100 hours of community service. Her husband did not attend the hearing in the Sanford, Fla., courtroom.
âI stood by my husband through everything,â she told ABC, âand I kind of feel like he left me with a bunch of pieces of broken glass that Iâm supposed to now assemble and make a life.â
ABC first reported the divorce filing Thursday. Email messages and phone calls to George Zimmermanâs attorney Mark OâMara were not immediately returned. But Zimmermanâs brother, Robert Zimmerman, wrote on Twitter: âPray 4 them.â
Shellie Zimmermanâs felony perjury charge came after she lied about the coupleâs assets when her husband was seeking release from jail on a lower bond. Court records show that in the days before the June 2012 bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman transferred $74,000 â broken into eight smaller transfers ranging from $7,500 to $9,990 â from her husbandâs credit union account to hers. It also shows that $47,000 was transferred from George Zimmermanâs account to his sisterâs in the days before the hearing. Amounts of over $10,000 would have been reported to the Internal Revenue Service.
Much of the money came from donations to a website that had been established to pay for George Zimmermanâs defense.
During the bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman testified that the couple had limited funds because she was a full-time student and her husband wasnât working.
After she pleaded guilty, she told ABC that she lied. âI can rationalize a lot of reasons for why I was misleading, but the truth is that I knew I was lying,â she said.
In the interview on Friday, Shellie Zimmerman said sheâll seek custody of the coupleâs two dogs and a share of anything he might win in a defamation lawsuit heâs filed against NBC.
âI have been married to a person for about seven years and I donât think I ever really knew him at all.â
She says her husband was verbally abusive toward her and that he has been making what she considers âreckless decisions.â She didnât specify what those decisions were. âIn my opinion, he feels more invincibleâ since his acquittal, she added.
Shellie Zimmerman said the timing seems right to begin a new life.
âI have supported him for so long and neglected myself for too long,â Shellie Zimmerman said. âAnd I feel like Iâm finally starting to feel empowered again.â