Sunday, January 23, 2022

REPORT: Family of fallen Marine Sues Alec Baldwin for Defamation

Source: Washington Examiner

Published: January 19, 2022

By: Abigail Adcox

The family of a Marine killed in Kabul during the Aug. 26 airport bombing is suing Alec Baldwin for defamation.

The Marine's two sisters, Cheyenne McCollum and Roice McCollum, and widow, Jiennah McCollum, filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that Baldwin falsely accused and publicized that Roice had taken part in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, calling her an "insurrectionist," according to a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Their family member, Rylee McCollum, 20, was one of 13 U.S. service members killed in a bombing on Aug. 26, 2021, outside the Kabul airport as refugees fleeing the state following the Taliban takeover were processed by the U.S. military.

Baldwin had previously contacted Roice after discovering a GoFundMe page for the Marine's family, sending her a check for $5,000 to Rylee's fiancee and baby as "a tribute to a fallen soldier," according to the filing.


Then on Jan. 3, Baldwin came across a social media post from Roice with photos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, commenting, "Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?”

The filing then goes on to state that after confirming she was the same person, Baldwin began to private message her, writing: "When I sent the $ for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter."

Baldwin went on to repost her Jan. 6 photo on his account with her information and, by extension, "the rest of the McCollum family," which allegedly led his followers to send "hostile, aggressive, hateful messages," the filing states.

According to the filing, Roice stated that she did attend a demonstration on Jan. 6 but was not a part of the riot at the Capitol. It also claims that she "was interviewed by the FBI after the event and was cleared of any wrongdoing."

The Marine's other sister and fiancee stated that they were not present in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 but were falsely implicated in Baldwin's attacks, according to the filing.

The family's lawsuit is seeking $25 million in damages for alleged defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Baldwin faces another legal battle after a prop gun accidentally fired on the movie set for Rust, killing one person. One of the set's lighting technicians has named Baldwin and the film's armorer in a negligence suit, claiming emotional distress.

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