The family of a Marine who was killed during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan last year has filed a $25 million lawsuit against Alec Baldwin.
The lawsuit by the family of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum says that Baldwin referred to the family as “insurrectionists” on social media because the Marine’s sister was in DC on January 6.
The complaint argues that Baldwin’s claims in the Instagram post about them “were false, outrageous, defamatory, irresponsible, vindictive, and caused — and continue to cause — Plaintiffs severe emotional distress.”
McCollum was one of the 13 servicemembers killed during the suicide bombing at Kabul airport during the withdrawal.
“The lawsuit, filed on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Wyoming by McCollum’s two sisters, Roice and Cheyenne McCollum, and his widow, Jiennah McCollum, alleged Baldwin defamed the family to his 2.4 million Instagram followers,” Insider reports.
It turns out, Baldwin had initially donated $5,000 to McCollum’s widow and newborn baby. However, things took a turn when “on January 3, Baldwin posted about Roice McCollum after she shared a “throwback” photo of a crowd of pro-Trump protesters in front of the Washington Monument on January 6, 2021, ‘in anticipation’ of the anniversary of the Capitol riot, the suit said,” according to the Insider report.
“Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?” Baldwin commented on her Instagram post.
The disgraced actor then privately messaged her calling her an “insurrectionist” and telling her to “own it.”
“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 continued.
Baldwin went on to share her post and message her saying, “I reposted your photo. Good luck.”
Baldwin did so along with the caption at the heart of the suit.
Insider reports that the McCollums said Baldwin “continued to engage his followers” and alleged he “fueled firestorm of hatred that he started.”