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Alec Baldwin, fresh from the controversy of the shooting death on the “Rust” film set, is now into the midst of another one – this time being served with a lawsuit for alleging that the family members of a dead soldier are insurrectionists.
During the disastrous retreat from Afghanistan last summer, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, was a Marine killed during the August 26th bombing near the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport, one of 13 service members slain on that tragic day.
After the death of McCollum, Baldwin found a sister of McCollum’s, Roice McCollum, via Instagram, and sent her a check for $5,000 for Rylee’s widow, Jiennah Crayton, and their newborn, according to the Casper Star Tribune.
At the time, Baldwin had told Roice that the check was a “tribute to a fallen soldier,” the Cowboy State Daily reported.
5/ R.I.P. #USMarine Rylee McCollum 🙏
He was from Bondurant, Wyoming, was on his first deployment & was 3 weeks away from being a dad when he was killed.
“He wanted to be a Marine his whole life & carried around his rifle in his diapers & cowboy boots”: sister Roice McCollum. pic.twitter.com/SUloPEevtv
— Indo-Pacific News – Watching the CCP-China Threat (@IndoPac_Info) August 27, 2021
What might have been a touching tribute from an unexpected source turned sour, however, when Baldin recently accused Roice of taking part in the Capitol riot of January 6th, 2021, calling her an “insurrectionist.” The offending photo that prompted his disavowal? Roice at the Washington Monument on January 6th. Roice had posted the image on January 1st of this year, where it caught Baldwin’s attention.
“Are you the same woman I sent the $ for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit? 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 wrote on Roice’s Instagram picture, according to the lawsuit.
This resulted in Roice retorting that protesting is legal and claiming she had already been interviewed by the FBI, the Cowboy State Daily reported. This evidently wasn’t enough for Baldwin, who re-posted her image to his own Instagram account after sticking to his denunciation:
“Your activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election. I reposted your photo. Good luck.”
During that fateful January a year ago, Roice had reportedly attended a demonstration in support of then-president Donald Trump, but at the time of writing, there is no evidence she was present at the riot that invaded the U.S. Capitol Building, nor is she charged with any crimes in relation to that day’s infamous events.
There is no evidence that Rylee’s widow, Crayton, was at the Capitol on that day, nor any suggesting Rylee’s other sister, Cheyenne McCollum, was present either.
The complaint to the court states that Baldwin’s misidentification had caused her considerable harassment, as people bombarded her with such messages as “Get raped and die, worthless c*** [kissy-face emoji]. Your brother got what he deserved.”
“Baldwin’s conduct was negligent and reckless as he should have known that making the allegations he did against Plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause Plaintiffs harm,” the lawsuit said.
The plaintiffs, Rylee’s sisters Roice and Cheyenne, are seeking $25 million in damages due to defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to the court documents.
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