Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan sues Alec Baldwin for defamation

  

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Via:  jeremy-in-nc  •  4 months ago  •  27 comments

By:    Yaron Steinbuch

Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan sues Alec Baldwin for defamation
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 the serviceman’s grieving relatives of being insurrectionists.

And the killer now has to deal with this.  GOOD.


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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 the serviceman’s grieving relatives of being insurrectionists.

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, according to the suit filed Monday in federal court,   the Casper Star Tribune reported .

The actor told Roice that the check was a “tribute to a fallen soldier,”   according to the Cowboy State Daily .

But then 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 on Jan. 6, 2021 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.

“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, one of which showed Baldwin accusing her of being a “January 6 th   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, according to the complaint.

Roice was soon hit with “hostile, aggressive, hateful” messages from Baldwin’s followers, including one that said, “Get raped and die, worthless c— (kiss emoji). Your brother got what he deserved,” the lawsuit reportedly says.

Baldwin also allegedly misidentified Crayton as an insurrectionist in an Instagram comment, although she was not in DC that day.

People then began sending hateful and threatening messages to the widow and Cheyenne, according to the lawsuit, some comparing them to ISIS or Nazis.

Some users also called on Baldwin to get a refund for the $5,000 he donated to the family, according to the lawsuit, which noted that Baldwin did nothing to stop his followers from contacting the family.

“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 lawsuit said, according to the Cowboy State Daily.

“I think it’s worth noting, too, that his social media following … is five times the population of your state,” the family’s attorney, Dennis Postiglione, told the Star Tribune.

“Either he knew what would happen, and he wanted it to happen, or he just didn’t think about it,” he added.

A rep for Baldwin didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.

The plaintiffs — McCollum’s sisters, Roice and Cheyenne, and his widow, Jiennah — are seeking damages of at least $25 million for alleged defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Baldwin is   also facing a lawsuit   over the fatal shooting last fall on the New Mexico set of “Rust,” which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In November, a set lighting technician accused Baldwin and the film’s armorer of negligence, claiming he suffered emotional distress after nearly being hit by the bullet.


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Jeremy Retired in NC
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1  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC    4 months ago
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.

Well, we already know some morons like Baldwin don't like facts and will run with whatever idiotic idea runs through their heads.  

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1    4 months ago

Those on the left just can't help themselves. Seems they haven't lost enough money in slander suits yet.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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1.2  Jasper2529  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1    4 months ago
morons like Baldwin

One would think that a man his age (63) would have learned how to keep his self-important mouth shut by now instead of accusing people before knowing details. Instead, he barrels through life behaving like a boorish, but dangerous, fool.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.3  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1    4 months ago
will run with whatever idiotic idea runs through their heads

Sounds a lot like all the Trump loving sycophants who claimed there was election fraud when there wasn't and riled up the public against election site workers.

" According to the suit, the defamatory statements began when Gregory Stenstrom and Leah Hoopes, two Republican poll watchers named in the suit, falsely accused Savage of rigging the state's election by adding 50,000 votes for now-President Joe Biden."

" The two women “have become objects of vitriol, threats, and harassment … because of a campaign of malicious lies,” their attorneys wrote in the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. “ Deliberate efforts to spread disinformation about America’s election workers undermine the integrity of American elections … and accordingly, threaten democracy.”

" A top employee of Dominion Voting Systems, who has gone into hiding after becoming the subject of conspiracy theories on the right since the election, is suing the Trump campaign, a number of campaign surrogates and pro-Trump media outlets, alleging defamation ."

Perhaps everyone on Twitter should just calm the fuck down. I really do not regret not having a cell phone, never having a Facebook account and never having used Twitter.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.1  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.3    4 months ago

And when did Trump, his campaign or his base become the topic?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2  Hal A. Lujah    4 months ago

Sounds like a misunderstanding that could have been cleared up in a much more amicable way than a widow suing the guy who gave her money out of the goodness of his heart.  Did she not think to just inform him right off the bat that the photo was taken days prior to Jan. 6?  And that she was not in DC on Jan. 6?  Instead her sister just informs him that it is not illegal to protest?   This is stupid on both sides.  Social media is such a bad invention.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2    4 months ago

Baldwin opened up his yap and put the family squarely in the cross hairs of the mighty mental midget radicals on the left, no to mention the federal government, that think anyone on the right that was in Washington in or around the 6th is a seditionist.

Whatever the amount they end up getting, he deserves to pay.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    4 months ago

the federal government, that think anyone on the right that was in Washington in or around the 6th is a seditionist.

Lol.  Do you have links for the feds arresting hologram seditionists?

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1.2  Ronin2  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.1    4 months ago

Do you have any idea what a federal investigation entails? Especially one concerning potential sedition? Friends and family hunted down and questioned, not to mention the victim herself. Her employer contacted- she could easily lose her job just over the accusation; much the less the investigation. No one likes the Fed showing up on their front doorstep.

Being harassed endlessly online, and receiving death threats. Sound like fun?  

But keep blaming the victim. 

Seems that some will never damn well learn. Thankfully we have courts; and they seem to still be working in the case of slander.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.1.3  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1.2    4 months ago

When you support a traitor like Donald Trump, you can’t complain about where it takes you.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.2  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2    4 months ago

Or Baldwin could have kept is mouth shut instead if making false accusations against the family of a fallen soldier.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.2.1  Sparty On  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.2    4 months ago
Or Baldwin could have kept is mouth shut

Not in his DNA.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.2.2  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Sparty On @2.2.1    4 months ago

Neither is honesty.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3  JohnRussell    4 months ago

Its interesting that this woman thinks that being harrassed on social media is worth a 25 million dollar pay day. I think if she is successful we may see thousands of similar lawsuits.

This is a case of you only sue people who have money.  I think he will settle with her though. 

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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3.1  Jasper2529  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago
Its interesting that this woman thinks that being harrassed on social media is worth a 25 million dollar pay day.

Due to Baldwin's highly reckless and baseless accusations, the family has received death threats. Since he sent them a check, he obviously had their contact information. He should have privately contacted them instead of (again) making a spectacle of himself on social media.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Jasper2529 @3.1    4 months ago

Do you know how many reckless and baseless accusations are on social media? Start by sifting through Trump's content for the past 10 years. 

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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3.1.2  Jasper2529  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    4 months ago
Do you know how many reckless and baseless accusations are on social media?

I sure do! In fact, there's one about NPR's Gorsuch/Sotomayor fake news story on my front page right now!  

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    4 months ago

Trump is not the topic

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.2  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago

Blaming the victim again?

If Baldwin had got the facts before putting her and her family in the demented radical lefts' cross hairs, then he wouldn't be getting sued.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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3.2.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Ronin2 @3.2    4 months ago
Blaming the victim again?

Sure! It's the Ready, Fire, Aim way of life. Think Nick Sandmann and Kyle Rittenhouse (among many others).

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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3.3  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 months ago

If I were in her shoes I would have responded right away with a request for an apology.  $ome people think differently.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.3.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3.3    4 months ago

People dont care about apologies, they care about getting paid. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.3.2  Ronin2  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3.3    4 months ago

Sure an apology apology will stop the endless social media harassment and death threats. The truth sure as hell hasn't worked.

The damage is already done; but since it is a far leftist Hollywood loon- the left must leap to his defense and blame the victim at all costs. 

 
 
 
squiggy
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4  squiggy    4 months ago

“Cold keyboard.”

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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5  Ed-NavDoc    4 months ago

A is usual in cases like this, I don't think we are not hearing the whole story.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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5.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @5    4 months ago
A is usual in cases like this, I don't think we are not hearing the whole story.

It's possible, because this is an active legal case. FNC invited Roice and the family's lawyer for an interview. They presented their side and clearly stated that Roice never entered the Capitol Building and that the FBI interviewed her but did not charge her with any crime.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
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6  Sparty On    4 months ago

You reap what you sow.  

Alec is too prideful and too stupid to keep his mouth shut in a time he could use no more press let alone bad press

 
 

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