Alec Baldwin: Family of fallen U.S. Marine re-files defamation lawsuit in opposition to actor

Rylee’s widow, Jiennah McCollum, and Rylee’s sisters, Roice McCollum and Cheyenne McCollum, are in search of $25 million in damages. They accuse Baldwin of creating false allegations in opposition to the household, together with allegedly calling Roice McCollum an “insurrectionist” in January 2022 after she posted a photograph of a crowd of protesters in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 to social media.

“While she was present at the [January 6th] demonstration, Roice did not take part in, nor did she support or condone the rioting that erupted,” the lawsuit states. “Baldwin plainly ignored Roice’s denial of rioting and the assertion that she was cleared by the FBI for participating in any of the conduct Baldwin chose to falsely attribute to her via his massive following.”

On the time, Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas, welcomed the choice. He stated the lawsuit sought to “punish Mr. Baldwin for expressing his political opinion.”

The re-filed lawsuit additionally claims that Baldwin’s feedback resulted in extreme emotional misery for the plaintiffs.

“Mr. Baldwin donated several thousand dollars to Ms. McCollum to honor her husband, and now she’s suing him for more because she disagrees with his political opinion about the insurrection that occurred on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol Building. We expect to prevail in this lawsuit, as we did the last time they filed it,” Nikas advised CNN Wednesday.

Rylee McCollum, 20, was one among 13 U.S. service members who had been killed in an assault outdoors the Kabul airport final August because the US and different Western international locations raced to evacuate their residents and allies out of Afghanistan.

After Rylee’s demise, a web based fundraiser was began on behalf of his widow, Jiennah, and her youngster. Baldwin despatched Roice a verify for $5000 to share with Jiennah as “a tribute to a fallen soldier,” the lawsuit states.

Nonetheless, the lawsuit states that after Roice posted the pictures of protesters in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 to her Instagram account on January 3, “in anticipation of the January 6, 2022, one-year anniversary of her attendance” on the protest, Baldwin commented on Roice’s submit, “Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?”

Roice “was never detained, arrested, charged with or convicted of any crime associated with her attendance at the January 6, 2021, event in Washington, DC,” the lawsuit stated.

She responded to Baldwin, in keeping with the swimsuit, that, “Protesting is perfectly legal in the country and I’ve already had my sit down with the FBI. Thanks, have a nice day!”

Baldwin responded, the lawsuit states, with, “I don’t think so. 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.”

Roughly 20 minutes after Baldwin posted to Roice’s “Instagram feed,” she “began to get hostile, aggressive, hateful messages from Baldwin’s followers,” the swimsuit alleges.

Baldwin additionally posted a message to his personal Instagram feed, which he later deleted, stating, “Lots of Trumpsters chiming in here with the current cry that the attack on the Capitol was a protest, (a more peaceful form of which got a lot of other protestors imprisoned) and an exercise in democracy. That’s bulls—.”

His submit continued, in keeping with screenshots included within the swimsuit, “I did some research. I found, on IG, that this woman [Roice McCollum] is the brother (sic) of one of the men who was killed” killed,” in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“I provided to ship her sister-in-law [Jiennah McCollum] some $ as a tribute to her late brother, his widow and their youngster. Which I did. As a tribute to a fallen soldier. Then I discover this. Reality is stranger than fiction,” his post added.

The suit states Baldwin, “unequivocally understood that by forwarding Roice’s Instagram feed to 2.4 million like-minded followers and posting his commentary would outcome within the onslaught of threats and hatred that it did.”

Hours after Baldwin’s post, Lance’s other sister, Cheyenne, and his widow, Jiennah, began receiving “hateful messages and even demise threats,” according to the suit.

“Neither Cheyenne nor Jiennah” were in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021,” the swimsuit claims.

Chloe Melas, Casey Hicks, and Taylor Romine contributed to this report.