Alec Baldwin has reportedly reached an agreement to settle the $25 million defamation lawsuit brought against him by the family of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, a Marine who was killed during President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Wyoming family had alleged that Baldwin subjected them to online threats and harassment when he posted and commented on a photo shared online by one of McCollum’s sisters, who had been present at the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C..
Initially, a judge dismissed the complaint; however, the family declared their intention to re-file it. Miller reports that this suit has now been settled.
“My clients are happy that this matter is over,” the family’s attorney Dennis Postiglione reportedly said. “They look forward to moving on— without Alec Baldwin in their lives.”
Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, was one of the thirteen US service members killed in a suicide bombing at Kabul Airport during the 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan under President Biden’s administration.
In response to this tragedy, Baldwin made an initial donation to the McCollum family.
However, upon learning that one of Rylee’s sisters, Roice McCollum, was present in Washington DC during the events of January 6th, he allegedly changed his attitude towards her.
He posted a photo to his Instagram page and referred to her as an insurrectionist; despite her claims that she did not take part or support the rioting at the Capitol.
Baldwin’s post provoked a large influx of hate-filled messages toward the family, prompting them to take legal action.
However, a federal judge dismissed their case in August citing the First Amendment and other arguments.
Despite this ruling, the family was allowed to refile their complaint.