The family of a US marine killed in Afghanistan in 2021 is suing actor Alec Baldwin for at least $25 million, claiming that when the actor accused one of the ladies of taking part in the Capitol disturbance, the actor exposed the family to online hostility.
The family of Rylee McCollum, the soldier who died in action, has now made three attempts to sue the star. The prior lawsuits were rejected because of filing-related mistakes.
The family of Marine Lance Corporal Rylee J. McCollum, who was one of 13 marines killed by a suicide bomber outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26, 2021, filed the new federal lawsuit on Friday in the Southern District of New York. He was 20 years old.
After McCollum passed away, Baldwin tracked down one of Marine’s sisters on Instagram, Roice, and sent her a $5,000 cheque for his widow, Jiennah, and her unborn child. According to the lawsuit, Baldwin said the cheque was a “tribute to a dead soldier.”
After posting a picture of herself at a rally near the Washington Monument on January 6, 2021, ahead of the anniversary of the Capitol Hill incident, the “30 Rock” star and Roice engaged in a public argument months later in January 2022.
In reaction, Baldwin branded her a “insurrectionist” and accused her of taking part in the riots.
According to the lawsuit, his “apparently charitable gestures evolved into a nightmare” for the McCollum family.
Is this the same person to whom I donated the money for the death of your sister’s spouse during the Afghanistan withdrawal? According to the complaint, Baldwin commented on Roice’s Instagram photo using his own account.
She claims that he also sent her a direct message.
The actor allegedly added, “I didn’t realize you were a January 6th rioter when I contributed the $ for your late brother, out of sincere admiration for his service to this country.”
“In this country, protesting is completely legal, and I’ve already met with the FBI. Thank you, and good luck today! Roice retaliated.
I don’t think so,” said Baldwin. “As a result of your actions, unlawful government property was destroyed, a law enforcement officer died, and the certification of the presidential election was attacked. I reshared your picture. Good fortune.
According to the complaint, he shared Roice’s picture on his 2.4 million-follower Instagram account while citing her participation in the protests on January 6, 2021.
According to the lawsuit, Roice received “hostile, violent, abusive remarks” from Baldwin’s supporters within 20 minutes of uploading the picture.
Jiennah wasn’t in DC that day, but he mistook her for an insurrectionist in a comment on Instagram, the lawsuit claims.
According to the lawsuit, Jiennah, Roice, and her sister Cheyenne received messages on Instagram from persons accusing them of being white nationalists and comparing them to Nazis. Some requested that she return the $5,000 that Baldwin had given her.
The family claims that Baldwin did nothing to prevent his tens of millions of fans from getting in touch with them.
The lawsuit claims that Baldwin’s actions were irresponsible and careless because he should have known that publishing the accusations he made about the plaintiffs to his millions of followers would be harmful to them.
The family members are claiming damages of at least $25 million for alleged privacy invasion, defamation carelessness, and intentional infliction of emotional distress and have asked a jury trial.