Following the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, whose investigation is ongoing, actor Alec Baldwin faces another court case. This time the case is brought by the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, killed in Afghanistan.
The lawsuit filed by McCollum’s widow and two sisters argues that Baldwin defamed them, invaded their privacy, was negligent and intentionally subjected them to emotional distress, according to Fox News on Jan. 19.
On those grounds, they are demanding US$25 million in damages for Baldwin’s treatment towards them, following McCollum’s death in an attack by Afghan terrorists during the contested U.S. withdrawal in Kabul on Aug. 26.
As McCollum’s widow, Jiennah Crayton, was expecting a baby, a fundraiser was started to help her, and Baldwin contributed $5,000 to it, seeking to honor a “fallen soldier.”
However, he then went after one of McCallum’s sisters, Roice, who posted a photo of herself in the middle of the demonstration held at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.
It should be clarified that the authorities certified that Roice did not participate in the riots or in any illegal activity, which did not prevent a disgruntled neighbor from “turned her into the authorities”.
The lawsuit against Baldwin explains, “During the rioting, she was stuck in place outside the Capitol Building next to multiple police officers for hours after the rioting began due to the fact that so many people were around her and the area had been locked down.”
Based on the photo posted by Roice, Baldwin initiated an accusatory exchange: “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,” he wrote.
Despite Roice’s explanation that he had committed no crime, Baldwin retorted, “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.”
He also reposted the photo calling her “insurrectionist” to his 2.4 million Instagram followers. The post was later deleted.
According to the lawsuit, these controversial posts triggered a series of attacks against Roice and her family, including hateful and defamatory hate-laden comments and death threats.
To make matters worse, Baldwin continued to delve into the same issue by reiterating his labels calling Roice “insurrectionist” and a “rioter.”
“Baldwin’s conduct was negligent and reckless, as he should have known that making the accusations he made against the plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause harm to the plaintiffs,” the lawsuit documents state.
Meanwhile, Baldwin still remains on the hook for the death of Hutchins, a case in which he is accused of unnecessarily pulling the trigger of a prop gun on her during the filming of the movie “Rust” in October.
Against Baldwin weigh such serious arguments as the one made by the film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, who said that there was intentionality in causing the death.
“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired and loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm,” Mitchell said in her lawsuit, according to the Nov. 17 New York Post.