Alec Baldwin has reportedly settled a $25 million lawsuit with the sister of a Marine killed in Afghanistan, after publicly shaming her for attending the January 6 Capitol riot.
Journalist Emily Miller reported that the 65-year-old actor settled the defamation case against the family of Rylee McCollum.
McCollum was one of the service members who died in the bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul during the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021.
Baldwin had donated $5,000 to the Marine’s family’s GoFundMe, set up by Roice McCollum, Rylee’s sister, before learning she attended the Capitol riot on January 6.
The actor then bombarded her with messages, and later posted her Instagram handle to his millions of followers, telling her ‘good luck’.
Attorney Dennis Postiglione told Miller: ‘My clients are happy that this matter is over. They look forward to moving on, without Alec Baldwin in their lives.’
Alec Baldwin, seen here in September of this year, has reportedly settled with a lawsuit with the family of a fallen Marine
Baldwin had donated $5,000 to the Marine’s family’s GoFundMe, set up by Roice McCollum, pictured here holding a picture of her late brother
Family members also told Miller that they could not talk further about the case.
Roice had posted a carousel of three photos when she attended the riot, none of which included her face. One showed a different woman wearing a MAGA hat.
In the comments section of a photo on Roice’s Instagram, Baldwin wrote: ‘Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?’
In a private message, Baldwin said: ‘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 pushed back, saying she was not involved in the riots and was never accused of any crimes during the mayhem.
She said she’d been interviewed by the FBI who cleared her of any involvement, telling Baldwin: ‘Protesting is perfectly legal in the country and I’ve already had my sit down with the FBI. Thanks, have a nice day!’
That didn’t stop the 30 Rock actor from commenting back in a direct message.
Baldwin then replied: ‘I don’t think so. 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.’
McCollum, seen here, was one of the service members who died in the bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul during the withdrawal from Afghanistan
Roice had posted a carousel of three photos when she attended the riot, none of which included her face. One showed a different woman wearing a MAGA hat, seen here
The 30 Rock star commented on her post concerning the money he had donated to the family after discovering she had been at the Capitol on January 6
Publicly, Baldwin said it was ‘ironic’ that she was a rioter when her brother had died fighting for the country.
He then replied to her handle in the comments section of his own Instagram post, revealing her name to his 2.4million followers.
Roice was inundated with abuse from trolls, some of whom told her her brother – who was due to become a father when he died – deserved to be murdered.
‘Get raped and die, worthless c**t (kiss emoji). Your brother got what he deserved,’ one commenter wrote, according to the lawsuit.
Within 20 minutes of Baldwin’s post, Roice began to ‘get hostile, aggressive, hateful messages from his followers’, the lawsuit reads.
She posted one on her feed, which Baldwin said he found ‘abhorrent’, but she maintains that he knew what he was doing with his original post.
US District Judge Edgardo Ramos had previously dismissed the lawsuit against Baldwin, saying his comments were protected by the First Amendment.
Judge Ramos had given the family a September 12 deadline to file a revised complaint.
It was also previously rejected for being filed in the wrong state, Wyoming rather than New York.
Baldwin said it was ‘ironic’ that she was a rioter when her brother, seen here, had died fighting for the country
Roice McCollum pushed back, saying she was not involved in the riots and was never accused of any crimes during the mayhem, pictured above
Roice McCollum is seen here posing with former President Trump in one of her Instagram posts
The McCollum family was among the most vocal in their criticism of Joe Biden and the disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan that led to Rylee’s death and that of 12 other service members.
They were obliterated by an ISIS-K bomber while trying to secure the Abbey Gate at Kabul Airport on August 26, 2021, while tens of thousands of frantic Afghan refugees and international citizens tried to flee the country as the Taliban swept through.
In their lawsuit, the Marine’s sister and widow point to the fact that Baldwin’s fans are predominantly Democratic and hateful of President Trump – who they support.
They say Baldwin fanned the flames of the political differences between the two camps with his Instagram remarks.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Postiglione said that the family had no further comment to make on the matter.
DailyMail.com has also approached Baldwin’s attorney for comment on the matter.