Alec Baldwin Is Being Sued For Defamation By The Family Of A Deceased Marine
Alec Baldwin’s lawyers have no doubt been bracing themselves for more lawsuits related to the fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of Rust, so one can imagine this is not the lawsuit they saw coming. Alec is being sued by the family of a deceased Marine, after he accused said Marine’s family members of being present at the Capitol Building riot in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021. According to the lawsuit, Alec called out the sister of the deceased Marine to his 2.4 million Instagram followers, some of which then proceeded to send her death threats and harmful messages. So, she got a lawyer, and now wants justice in the form of a jury trial.
According to People magazine, this messy situation begins on August 26, 2021, when 20-year-old Rylee McCollum was killed outside of Afghanistan’s international airport in a bombing. Rylee left behind his wife, and their yet-to-be-born daughter (she was due three weeks after Rylee’s death). Alec allegedly tracked down Rylee’s sister Roice McCollum on Instagram and sent her $5000, which Alec intended to be given to Rylee’s widow. Alec wasn’t just looking for deceased military members to send cash to – Rylee’s death made the news, as he was one of 13 US Service Members who died in the bombing. So Alec made the donation, and that was that. Except, it was not. According to the lawsuit, Alec decided to scroll through Roice’s Instagram page a little and discovered a picture she’d posted on January 1, 2022, featuring the crowds at the January 6th Capital riots. She had captioned the picture “Throwback” with some smiley face emojis and American flags. That’s when Alec decided to say something.
According to the complaint, earlier this month, Baldwin allegedly accused Roice of participating in the Jan. 6 capitol riots, calling her an “insurrectionist” and a “Jan. 6 rioter” in a private Instagram DM and reposting her photos of the demonstration to his Instagram account, telling Roice, “I reposted your photo. Good luck.”
The complaint further alleges that underneath the photo Baldwin commented, “Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit.”
A quick peek at Roice’s Instagram page will show that there are quite a few comments from people who likely got her number from Alec, calling her a multitude of things ranging from calling her a “terrorist” and wishing her good luck in jail, to just straight up dragging her looks. Alec eventually decided to delete the pictures he posted, but the damage was done. According to the lawsuit, Roice, as well as her sister Cheyenne McCollum, and Rylee’s widow Jiennah Crayton, all received death threats and threatening messages from strangers. The lawsuit states that neither Cheyenne nor Jiennah were at the Capitol Building on January 6th. And to make matters more complicated, at least for the lawyers dealing with all of this, is the fact that Roice claims the FBI already cleared her as a person of interest.
In the suit, she states she attended a protest at the Capitol on Jan. 6 but that she did not participate in the riots that followed the demonstration and has been cleared after an interview with the FBI, according to the court documents.
So she’s definitely a “Let’s go Brandon” type, but she wasn’t taking the world’s most illegal Capital Building tour that day, allegedly. The family’s lawsuit accuses Alec of being irresponsible, defamatory, and vindictive, and that his actions have resulted in “severe emotional distress.” Well, that cocky middle finger selfie calling out Alec Baldwin by name would beg to differ, but who am I to attempt to know someone’s heart?
The family is demanding that this lawsuit goes to trial. Okay well, good luck to all of you. Because if there’s one person I would never want to be stuck in a courtroom with, it’s a bitter and petty Alec Baldwin. Nobody tells Alec Baldwin he’s wrong! Can you filibuster a lawsuit? Don’t worry, Alec will find a way. He refuses to shut up about the Rust shooting, and that’s a situation in which he’s explicitly been asked to keep quiet. Alec did nearly 10 minutes on how his wife wasn’t faking her accent. A very pissed-off Alec is going to be up in the courtroom, monologuing like a pro, and dragging things out as long as possible in the name of revenge. I hope the McCollum family has no plans for the next several years and a decent supply of earplugs.