Alec Baldwin Faces $25 Million Lawsuit From Family of Fallen Marine Claiming He Called Them Insurrectionists

Alec Baldwin finds himself in the crossfire of another major lawsuit, after the family of a late Marine claimed he slandered them by dubbing them Jan 6 rioters.

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Family members of a Marine who died in Afghanistan are suing actor Alec Baldwin for $25 million in a defamation lawsuit that asserts he accused them of being Jan 6 insurrectionists.

When Baldwin learned of Lance Corporal Rylee J. McCollum’s passing, which occurred during a suicide bomber attack in Kabul, through a GoFundMe that had been created for his then-pregnant widow, Baldwin sent a $5,000 check to McCollum’s sister, Roice McCullum, as “a tribute to a fallen soldier.”

Shortly before the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riots, McCullum shared an Instagram post which shows her posing in front of the Washington Monument on Jan 6, 2021, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The lawsuit reports that when Baldwin became aware of the image, he commented, “Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?,” before initiating correspondence with McCollum via DM.

Baldwin purportedly wrote to McCollum, “When I sent you the $ for your late brother, out of a real respect for his service to our country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter.”

In response to Baldwin’s messages, McCollum acknowledged that she had “already had my sit down with the FBI,” and that “protesting is perfectly legal in the country.”

Baldwin then fired back, “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.”

The conversation has since devolved into an embattled conflict, with the lawsuit stating Baldwin “unequivocally understood that by forwarding Roice’s Instagram feed to 2.4 million like-minded followers and posting his commentary would result in the onslaught of threats and hatred that it did.”

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

Baldwin is in the midst of another legal conflict: On October 21, 2021, while on the set of a Western film he was shooting, “Rust,” Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

Last week, Baldwin turned over his cell phone to authorities as they continue to conduct their investigation into the deadly shooting.