A judge has dismissed a $25 million lawsuit against Alec Baldwin brought by the family of a Marine killed in the 2021 Kabul suicide bombing.
The actor was sued for defamation by the Marine’s sister, Roice McCollum, 23, after he found out she was present at the January 6 riot and called it “insurgent”.
U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said Baldwin’s comments, including calling Roice a “rioter,” came in private messages, while others were protected by the First Amendment, according to BNC.
Ramos said he had given the family until September 12 to file a revised complaint.
This is the second time their lawsuit has been thrown out, as it was previously thrown out because it was filed in the wrong state – Wyoming rather than New York.
Roice McCollum is suing Alec Baldwin for $25 million. Last year, he shamed her on Instagram for attending the Capitol riot on January 6 and said he ‘didn’t know’ she was a ‘rioter’ when he gave 5,000 $ to his family to help pay for his brother’s funeral.
Rylee McCollum, 20, was one of 13 US servicemen killed in the August 26 terror attack at Abbey Gate, Kabul airport.
The trial came after Baldwin, 65, donated $5,000 to the family of Lance Corporal Rylee J McCollum, one of 12 servicemen killed in the Kabul bombing, through their gofundme in August 2021.
In the documents, Roice shared some of the abuse inflicted on him online after Baldwin exposed his involvement in the Capitol Riot about eight months prior.
The actor was unaware of his presence at the uprising when he made the donation.
In the comments section of a photo on Roice’s Instagram, Baldwin wrote, “Are you the same woman I sent the dollars to for your sister’s husband who was killed on the way out of Afghanistan?
She had posted a carousel of three photos taken the previous year when she witnessed the riot, none of which included her face. One showed a different woman wearing a MAGA hat.
He then started bombarding her with private messages on Instagram, telling her to “own it”, then posted his Instagram account to his own 2.4 million followers and said, “Good luck”.
In their private messages, he told her, “When I sent the dollars for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I had no idea you were a January 6th rioter,” he told her. he wrote.
She replied that she had not committed any crime and that she had already spoken with the FBI.
On January 3, 2022, Roice posted a series of images of the January 6 riot that she took the previous year. She posted them to her Instagram page with the caption “Throwback.” The photo above is not of her, but of another woman present
Baldwin commented under his post, asking if she was the “same woman” he had already donated family to.
“Protesting is perfectly legal in the country and I have already had interviews with the FBI. Thanks, have a good day!’ she says.
Baldwin, 64, replied: “I don’t think so. Your activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, and a breach of presidential election certification.
“I reposted your photo. Good luck.’
Publicly, Baldwin said it was “ironic” that she was a rioter when her brother had died fighting for the country.
He then replied to his handle in the comments section of his own Instagram post, revealing his name to his 2.4 million followers.
Roice was showered with abuse from trolls, some of whom told her that her brother – who was due to become a father when he died – deserved to be murdered.
Less than 20 minutes after Baldwin’s message, Roice began “receiving hostile, aggressive and hateful messages from his followers,” the lawsuit states.
She posted one to her feed, which Baldwin said he found “odious,” but she maintains he knew what he was doing with his original post.
Roice McCollum posing with President Trump in another of his Instagram posts
Rylee had always wanted to serve in the military. The family has been among the most vocal in their criticism of President Biden and the disastrous planning that led to the Kabul airport attack.
Lance Rylee McCollum’s wife of the Marine Corps, Jiennah McCollum, is also suing Baldwin.
Marines were trying to secure Abbey Gate at Kabul airport during the disastrous evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan when they were killed last August.
She insists that although she witnessed the riot, she did not take part in any riot and was just a protester.
“He falsely accused Roice of destroying government property, causing the death of a law enforcement officer,” the lawsuit states.
She is joined in her trial by her brother’s widow.
The McCollum family has been among the most vocal in their criticism of Joe Biden and the disastrous troop withdrawal from Afghanistan that led to the death of Rylee and 12 other servicemen.
They were wiped out by an ISIS-K bomber as they tried to secure the Abbey Gate of Kabul airport on August 26, 2021, while tens of thousands of distraught Afghan refugees and international citizens tried to flee the country as the Taliban swept.
In their lawsuit, the Marine’s sister and widow point to the fact that Baldwin’s fans are overwhelmingly Democratic and hateful towards President Trump – whom they support.
They say Baldwin fanned the flames of political differences between the two camps with his Instagram remarks.