Liberal actor Alec Baldwin’s inability to stay off social media is getting him sued by the family of a U.S. Marine who was one of the 13 soldiers killed by a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Baldwin is being sued for $25 million for posting that the Marine’s sister was a Capitol rioter to his 2.4 million Instagram followers, after it turned out that he was wrong.
Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum was killed in Kabul along with 12 other service members in August. His death was particularly heart wrenching because his wife was nine months pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Baldwin reached out to McCollum’s sister, Roice, and sent her $5,000 to give to her brother’s widow, Jiennah Crayton, to help support their daughter, who was born on Sept. 16.
However, the family’s trouble with the “Rust” actor started early this year, when Roice shared an image of herself at the Washington Monument on Jan. 6, 2021. The lawsuit stems from Baldwin’s public Instagram attacks on Roice following her post.
“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,” Baldwin wrote on her Instagram.
“Protesting is perfectly legal in the country and I’ve already had my sit down with the FBI. Thanks, have a nice day!” She shot back in response.
“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,” Baldwin said back. “I reposted your photo. Good luck.”
And he did. In a since deleted post, Baldwin shared the woman’s picture and labeled her as an “insurrectionist” and a “rioter,” while jeering about her with commenters.
After he blasted Roice on Instagram, she and her family were spammed with hateful comments, including a message that told her to “Get raped and die, worthless c— [kiss emoji]. Your brother got what he deserved.”
Roice was in D.C. to protest on Jan. 6, but didn’t participate in the riot. A neighbor found out she “attended the demonstration” and turned her into law enforcement. She was interviewed by the FBI and cleared of any wrongdoing.
“Baldwin’s conduct was negligent and reckless as he should have known that making the allegations he did against plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause plaintiffs harm,” the court filing states.