A federal judge dismissed a $25 million defamation case against Alec Baldwin filed by families of a Marine slain in Afghanistan over Jan. 6 comments this week, court records indicate.
The defamation case involves Baldwin's social media comments after Roice McCollum,
sister of murdered Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, uploaded a "Make America Great Again" hat photo.
Baldwin gave McCollum's wife $5,000 after the Marine and 12 others were killed in a 2021 Kabul bombing.
According to the lawsuit, Baldwin criticized Roice McCollum for posting an Instagram photo of someone wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at the Washington Monument on Jan. 6, 2022, after the Capitol attack.
Baldwin replied, “When I sent you the $ for your late brother, out of a sincere respect for his service to our nation,
I didn't realize you were a January 6th rioter,” in correspondence saved by the plaintiff, according to the lawsuit.
No charges have been filed against Roice McCollum for the Jan. 6, 2021 attack. The lawsuit claims she was in Washington but did not join the riot, did not access the Capitol, and was vetted by the FBI.