Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan sues Alec Baldwin for defamation

NY Post

The family of a Marine killed in Afghanistan during the Biden administration’s chaotic troop withdrawal has sued Alec Baldwin for defamation, claiming the actor falsely accused one of the serviceman’s grieving sisters of being an “insurrectionist.” Rylee McCollum, 20, of Wyoming, was one of 13 US service members killed in the Aug. 26 bombing outside the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport, where they were processing would-be evacuees to be flown out of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. After McCollum’s death, Baldwin found one of the Marine’s sisters, Roice, on Instagram and sent her a check for $5,000 for his widow, Jiennah Crayton, and her newborn, the Casper Star Tribune reported, citing federal court documents. The actor told Roice that the check was a “tribute to a fallen soldier,” according to the Cowboy State Daily. But this month, Baldwin accused Roice of taking part in last year’s riots in the nation’s capital and called her an “insurrectionist” after she posted a photo on Instagram that she took that day at the Washington Monument, the outlets reported. She posted the image on her page on Jan. 1, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the invasion of the US Capitol. Roice, who attended a demonstration in support of President Donald Trump, was not involved in the riots and was never accused of any crimes during the mayhem, according to the news outlet. Neither Crayton nor McCollum’s other sister, Cheyenne, were reportedly at the Capitol on the day of the riots. “Are you the same woman I sent the $ for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?” Baldwin reportedly wrote on Roice’s Instagram post from his account, according to the complaint filed Monday in federal court. “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,” the “30 Rock” star reportedly wrote in a private message. Included in the lawsuit were screenshots of the actor’s messages, including one in which he accused her of being a “January 6th rioter.” The sister pushed back at the actor, telling him that protesting is legal in the US and that she had already been interviewed by the FBI. “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 wrote back, according to the lawsuit. He also reposted Roice’s photo on his Instagram account, which has 2.4 million followers, and mentioned her involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, protests.

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