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George Zimmerman arrested for aggravated assault

Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, which sparked a national debate on race and self-defence laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault in Lake Mary about 10pm Friday (local time) and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

Zimmerman was released on a US$5000 bond Saturday afternoon. At a court appearance earlier Saturday, he was ordered to avoid contact with the woman, who was not identified.

Judge John Galluzzo gave few details of the incident, but said a wine bottle was involved and that the alleged assault happened at Zimmerman's Lake Mary home. Prosecutors questioned whether substance abuse treatment was needed, but the judge said that didn't seem to be a factor.

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