Just two days away from Rodney King’s memorial and RumorFix has learned exclusively the creator of the CSI TV franchise is helping pay for the services.
Kali Bowyer, spokeswoman for the King family, tells RumorFix that Anthony Zuiker and his partner Michelle Territo are donating $10,000 “so that the King family can have the memorial that they deserve.”
The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are also scheduled to speak at the public memorial on Saturday, according to the family spokesperson.
UPDATE: Rev. Sharpton released this statement to RumorFix:
“Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time. It was his beating that made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct. I recently spent time with him on the release of his new book just a couple of months ago and he did my radio and TV show. Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive. History will record that it was Rodney King’s beating and his actions that made America deal with the excessive misconduct of law enforcement.”
The services will take place at the Forest Lawn Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills and RumorFix will have a reporter there to bring you updates this weekend.