Actor Alec Baldwin remains at the center of an investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of his film Rust last year.
Of course, he has faced allegations and negative press coverage throughout his career — including a defamation suit recently filed against him by the family of a fallen Marine.
“I don’t think so”
According to Fox News, one of the 13 military personnel killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan in August was Marine Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum. Baldwin reportedly donated $5,000 to his sister, Roice, to benefit his newborn baby.
The actor could not resist responding to a subsequent Instagram post in which Roice McCollum can be seen at then-President Donald Trump’s rally on Capitol Hill last January.
Following a contentious back-and-forth, Baldwin wrote: “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.”
Roice McCollum replied by declaring her protest “perfectly legal,” indicating that she has spoken to the FBI about her attendance at the rally and was cleared of wrongdoing.
“I don’t think so,” the actor responded. “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.”
“Negligent and reckless”
Since that social media exchange, Roice McCollum said she and her relatives have endured harassment and threats.
One particularly vulgar comment ended with the declaration that her “brother got what he deserved.”
The defamation lawsuit goes on to clarify that she was not among those who participated in a breach of the Capitol building after the rally.
“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,” her attorneys claim.
When Baldwin made the “negligent and reckless” decision to weigh in on Roice McCollum’s photo, the suit asserts that “he should have known that making the allegations he did against plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause plaintiffs harm.”