Hollywood director Spike Lee has issued an apology to an elderly Florida couple after he published their address on the internet in connection with the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. 

The moviemaker thought he was retweeting the address of neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who shot Martin dead in a Florida gated community on February 26, sparking outrage and protests across the U.S. 

However, the address he posted to his Twitter.com page was actually the home of Elaine and David McClain, who have a son named William George Zimmerman - no relation to the Zimmerman involved in the shooting case. 

The McClains claim they have been forced to leave their property after receiving threats and Lee has now apologized for wrongly publishing their address online. 

In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "I deeply apologize to the McClain Family for retweeting their address. It was a mistake. please leave the McClain's (sic) in peace."