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George Zimmerman is accused of molesting a young woman over a decade, it has been revealed.
The woman, identified only as "witness 9" in prosecution records, says that the 28-year-old began sexually abusing her when she was six and stopped 10 years later when she was 16, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey released the explosive evidence on Monday and it has raised new questions about Zimmerman's character. He is currently charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
"We would all lay in front of the TV" to watch movies, she said, "and he would reach under the blankets and try to do things. … I would try to push him off, but he was bigger and stronger and older," the woman said.
She claims that the final bout of sexual abuse occurred when she visited Zimmerman's family in Lake Mary, Virginia. The self-appointed neighborhood watch captain allegedly told her to lay on a bed and began to massage her.
"I just got up and I ran out of the house and I got in my car," the woman said, adding that Zimmerman "only chased me to the front door."
Zimmerman, who claims that he shot and killed Martin in self-defense, was recently granted a $1 million bond release for a second time despite lying to a judge about his finances during his initial bond hearing.
Witness 9, who is two years younger than Zimmerman, made statements to Sanford police about him that could potentially jeopardize his defense during his second-degree murder trial.
"[Zimmerman's family] don't like black people if they don't act like white people. They like black people if they act white," she said.
Martin's parents believe that their 17-year-old son was stalked and murdered by Zimmerman and a number of critics believe that Martin, an African-American, was racially profiled. Witness 9's statements could support this theory.
Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, reportedly tried to block the release of witness 9's statements along with incriminating jail house phone calls between Zimmerman and his wife Shellie.
O'Mara recently filed a motion at the Seminole County Courthouse requesting that they be delayed, but Corey's office still went on to release the new evidence. A pending court order required their release.
Zimmerman is yet to publicly address the woman's sexual abuse claims.