Actor Alec Baldwin is being sued a second time by the widow and sisters of a US Marine killed in Afghanistan for at least $25 million, claiming that he exposed them to hatred and threats after he accused one of them of being a Jan. 6 insurrectionist.
The suit was filed on Friday in the Southern District of New York by the family of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Rylee J. McCollum. He was one of 13 Marines who were killed during President Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. The Marine was only 20 years old.
Following the young hero’s death, Baldwin located one of his sisters, Roice, on Instagram and sent her a check for $5,000 to go to McCollum’s widow, Jiennah, and her newborn baby. He claimed that the donation was a “tribute to a fallen soldier,” according to the lawsuit.
Then in January of 2022, Baldwin got into a fight with Roice after she posted a picture of herself attending a protest near the Washington Monument on Jan. 6, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill riot. The actor accused her of participating in the riot and went on to call her an “insurrectionist” according to the New York Post.
Family of US marine killed in Afghanistan in 2021 are suing actor Alec Baldwin for $25 million, claiming he exposed them to online backlash after the actor accused one of the women of attending the Capitol riot pic.twitter.com/Pv4bb0sefn
— Naija (@Naija_PR) August 31, 2022
The lawsuit contends that Baldwin’s “seemingly benevolent overtures turned into a nightmare,” for the McCollum family.
“Are you the same woman I sent the $ for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?” Baldwin wrote on Roice’s Instagram post from his account.
According to the complaint, he then sent her a direct message.
“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,” he viciously wrote.
Good for them. He intentionally set them up. I hope get every nickel they’ve sued home for.
— WhatsNewsHere 🇺🇸 (@WhatsNewsHere) August 31, 2022
“Protesting is perfectly legal in the country and I’ve already had my sit down with the FBI. Thanks, have a nice day!” Roice answered according to the suit.
“I don’t think so,” Baldwin shot back. “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.”
Baldwin went on to repost Roice’s photo on his Instagram account, basically doxxing her to his 2.4 million followers.
Twenty minutes later, Roice started receiving “hostile, aggressive, hateful messages” from Baldwin’s fans, the suit charges.
@AlecBaldwln____ is a selfish, disgraceful bully.
“I gave you $5,000 – now think like I do and follow me or I’ll humiliate you”.
— That American Woman 💋🇺🇸 (@MissElizabethA) August 31, 2022
Baldwin also allegedly misidentified Jiennah as an insurrectionist in an Instagram comment. According to the lawsuit, she was not in DC that day.
Jiennah, Roice, and her sister Cheyenne all received hateful, threatening messages from Instagram users accusing them of being white supremacists and comparing them to Nazis. A number of them demanded Roice and Jiennah return the $5,000 donated by Baldwin.
The suit contends that the actor did nothing to stop his millions of followers from harassing them.
“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 suit puts forth.
@AlecBaldwln____ is a vile, nasty liberal trash bag. His record of being a sub-par human being speaks for itself and I hope he loses this suit & goes to jail for his negligence on the set of the film where he killed someone. Total dick.
— Ryan Mallett (@CoachMallett) August 31, 2022
McCollum’s sisters, Roice and Cheyenne, and his widow, Jiennah filed a previous lawsuit against Baldwin in January in Wyoming, where Roice and Cheyenne live. Jiennah lives in California. It was dismissed in May when a judge in Wyoming ruled that they had no jurisdiction over Baldwin, who lives in New York, according to Cowboy State Daily.
According to the filing, the family is demanding a trial by jury and is seeking damages of at least $25 million for alleged invasion of privacy, defamation negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
All of this is happening as Baldwin is seeking a comeback on Broadway next spring following the fatal shooting of his cinematographer on the set of his movie “Rust,” according to the New York Post.
Alec Baldwin is heading to Broadway! Look for him in popular musicals like:
The Sound of Gunfire
West Side Gory
Guns and Dolls
Shooting in the Rain https://t.co/qKqfs3XhvQ
— Liz (@LizGeorgeWrites) August 30, 2022
The actor will reportedly star in a revival of the play “Art” by Yasmina Reza.
He will be joined by heavy hitters Tony Shalhoub (The Band’s Visit) and John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons), while Tony winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda), who staged the acclaimed comedy on the Great White Way in 1998, has signed on as director.
Baldwin told CNN that since the shooting, he’s had a very hard time finding work.
“I got fired from another job yesterday,” he told CNN. “There I was all set to go to a movie, jump on a plane … I’ve been talking with these guys for months and they told me yesterday we don’t want to do the film with you because of this.”
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