The Gold Star family of a fallen US Marine is suing Alec Baldwin for defamation after he called the Marine’s sisters “insurrectionists.”
The family of Rylee McCollum, a 20-year-old who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, is on the litigious warpath after Baldwin spoke out against them for protesting outside the Washington Monument on January 6, 2021.
Baldwin had donated several thousand dollars to one of McCollum’s sisters to help provide for McCollum’s widow and child.
However, upon learning she partook in the January 6 protests, he spoke out against her.
“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 McCollum’s Instagram 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 added.
According to the New York Post, Roice responded that protest was legal and that she had already been questioned 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 quipped.
Baldwin’s followers then began harassing the family, saying things like “Get raped and die, worthless c— (kiss emoji). Your brother got what he deserved.”
McCollum’s sisters and his widow are seeking damages of at least $25 million for alleged defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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