Alec Baldwin Gets $25 Million Libel Lawsuit From Sister of Marine Dismissed
Alec Baldwin has won the dismissal of a $25 million defamation lawsuit brought by relatives of a Marine killed in Afghanistan in the Kabul airport attack last August.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Wyoming, noted that the actor originally donated $5,000 to the family of Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, but said Baldwin later publicly called McCollum’s sister an “insurgent” for attending the protest that turned into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
In the lawsuit filed January 17, attorneys for McCollum’s sister, Roice McCollum, wrote that while their client joined a “protest to protest what many people saw as the fraudulent election of Joseph Biden to the presidency of the United States”, Roice herself acted in a “peaceful and law-abiding manner”.
They claimed Baldwin was wrong when he noticed Roice posting something on Instagram in early January 2022 to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot and responded with a message that read: ‘Are you the same woman I sent the $ to for your [sister-in-law’s] husband who was killed during the exit from Afghanistan?
In a follow-up public post, Baldwin noted “the irony of sincerely wanting to honor your brother and the fact that you are [an] insurgent”.
According to Roice’s attorneys, the post led to a flurry of threats and vitriol from Baldwin supporters.
The actor has denied any wrongdoing through his own legal representation and has asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed based on jurisdictional error. The judge agreed and granted the motion to dismiss on Wednesday, noting that Baldwin lives in New York.
“Mr. Baldwin’s public posting to his own Instagram feed cannot reasonably be considered to be directed specifically at Wyoming given Mr. Baldwin’s ‘2.4 million Instagram followers’,” U.S. District Judge Nancy wrote. D. Freudenthal in his decision.
“Furthermore, allegations that Mr. Baldwin knew his supporters sympathize with his political affiliation, that they are more likely to be politically active and opinionated, that he fueled the storm of hate among his supporters and did not did nothing to remedy what he started, nor are they intentional actions by Mr. Baldwin that were expressly directed at Wyoming,” she wrote in her “without prejudice” ruling, meaning that plaintiffs, including the Marine’s widow, can attempt to remedy any shortcomings and refile.
“We are satisfied with this victory. This is an important step towards the full dismissal of the lawsuit, which seeks to punish Mr. Baldwin for expressing his political opinion,” said Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart law firm. & Sullivan, in a statement to rolling stone.
The lawyer representing Roice and other family members did not immediately respond to rolling stonerequest for comment.
Beyond the libel lawsuit, Baldwin, 64, is also battling allegations that he should be held responsible for the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his ill-fated western movie, Rust, last October. Baldwin was holding the gun that fired the live bullet that killed Hutchins, but he denies negligence because the gun was only supposed to hold dummy cartridges, and he says he never even pressed it. the trigger.