Cheyenne, Wyo. – December 2, 2023
Alec Baldwin recently dodged a $25 million lawsuit filed by the family of a Marine, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, who lost his life in the Kabul airport suicide bombing during the final days of the U.S. war in Afghanistan in 2021. The lawsuit, sparked by Baldwin’s social media comments about the family’s alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection, was dismissed by U.S. Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos in August.
Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, confirmed that Baldwin didn’t pay anything to resolve the case. The legal proceeding was initially initiated in Wyoming and later transferred to New York. It claimed that Baldwin accused Roice McCollum, a relative of the Marine, of being an “insurrectionist” due to his participation in the rally organized by former President “Donald Trump” on January 6, 2021.
Despite Roice McCollum being a peaceful protester and not partaking in the Capitol storming, Baldwin’s social media post allegedly exposed the family to widespread online hatred in 2022. In response to the allegations, Baldwin sent the McCollum family a $5,000 check to assist in the aftermath of Rylee McCollum’s tragic death.
The lawsuit contended that Roice McCollum, being a “limited public figure” due to her media appearances and interaction with Baldwin on social media, needed to prove that Baldwin acted with malice to succeed in her case. However, Judge Ramos ruled that McCollum failed to demonstrate malice, thereby protecting Baldwin’s comments under his free-speech rights.
The legal saga involving Baldwin doesn’t end there. Simultaneously, Baldwin is facing renewed charges in the Halyna Hutchins case, where a cinematographer lost her life on a New Mexico movie set in 2021. Initially, special prosecutors dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin, but recent developments have prompted them to seek recharges after presenting new information to a grand jury.
As Baldwin navigates these legal challenges, the intricacies of the cases continue to unfold, shedding light on the complexities surrounding both the actor’s public statements and the events of the movie set in New Mexico.