According to True Freedom News, Hollywood actor and alleged murderer Alec Baldwin might not just be in trouble for shooting someone on set, but also for defamation. That outlet reports that:
“The family of a US soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has filed a defamation lawsuit against actor Alec Baldwin after an online spat between Baldwin and the soldier’s sister in which Baldwin called the woman an ‘insurrectionist.’
According to the lawsuit, Baldwin donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe drive for the family of the fallen officer, Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, who was killed in the August bombing outside the Kabul airport during the chaotic US military evacuation.
Two weeks ago, Baldwin recognized the soldier’s sister, Roice McCollum, in an Instagram post along with a photo that depicted her in a Make America Great Again baseball hat, posing in front of the Washington Monument on January 6, 2020, the day of the Capitol riot.
When Baldwin confirmed the woman in the photo was the sister of Lance Cpl. McCollum, he privately messaged McCollum to express his regret at donating to her brother’s GoFundMe. “When I sent you the $ for your late brother, out of a real respect for his service to our country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter,” Baldwin said, according to the lawsuit.”
The thing is, Baldwin made the “January 6th rioter” thing up when he expressed regret about donating to the wife of a murdered soldier. So, she told him as much, telling him that “She was never detained, arrested, accused of or charged with any crime,” and to “have a nice day,” according to the lawsuit.
But Baldwin wasn’t going to listen to reason. He’d realized that she supported Trump and lost it, posting her picture to Instagram and causing a flood of hateful messages to be sent her way. Remember, this is a woman whose husband was just killed in Afghanistan.
After posting the photo and realizing what he was about to unleash, he texted her and said “I reposted your photo. Good luck.” The lawsuit contains photos of the texts, the work of a spite-filled madman. NBC adds that:
Within minutes of Baldwin’s alleged posting, Roice McCollum said, she was flooded with “hundreds of hateful messages,” according to the lawsuit. One of the alleged messages read, “Get raped and die … Your brother got what he deserved.”
Baldwin acknowledged the online vitriol in a post to Roice McCollum, according to the lawsuit.
“There are hateful things toward you that are wrong,” the actor allegedly wrote in a screen-captured posting. “Irony was my point. The irony of sincerely wanting to honor your brother and the fact you are an insurrectionist.”
So, the family is suing, arguing that he pretended she was a “rioter” and thus defamed her. The lawsuit alleges “defamation by implication, negligence, gross negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress” and claims that “The social media onslaught of hatred and bile that ensued was entirely foreseeable to Baldwin and any reasonably careful person under similar or the same circumstances as Baldwin would have anticipated the mental anguish and suffering and the physical manifestation of that mental pain that would result in his conduct.”