Judge fired on ThursdayThe lawsuit is brought by a family of a former U.S. Marine Corps veteran who alleges actor Alec Baldwin has defamed him on social media. The U.S. District Court of Wyoming, where the case was brought, ruled that Baldwin was born and raised in New York and resides in New York and cannot rule on the matter.
The court also said that the actor did not intentionally direct his activities in Wyoming and that his actions did not harm Wyoming residents. The case was dismissed without prejudice, which means it can be brought back to court.
The widow of Marine Corps Corps Sergeant Rylee J. McCollum and her two sisters filed a defamation lawsuit in Wyoming in January.
McCollum died in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2021. According to the lawsuit, Baldwin donated $5,000 to McCollum’s sister Cheyenne to give to a Marine widow.
Then, in January, McCallum’s other sister, Lois McCallum, posted on the Instagram of protesters at the Washington Monument on January 6, 2021, “Washington DC Protests One Year Anniversary,” the suit reads.
Baldwin said she sent a private message on social media in response to Lois’s post, calling her a “rebel”. Baldwin then posted his views on the “capital attack” on his Instagram feed, commenting on the donation and sharing a photo posted by Roice.
The court said Thursday that “a public post Baldwin made to his Instagram feed could not reasonably be considered as being explicitly targeted at Wyoming due to his large number of followers on social media sites.”
The dismissal order said: “The several Internet communications that Baldwin of New York sent to Lois McCallum of Wyoming are insufficient to establish that he explicitly targeted any illegal activity in Wyoming.”
Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, Baldwin’s attorney, said: entertainment tonight That they are “satisfied with this victory”.
“This is an important step towards completely dismissing a lawsuit that seeks to punish Baldwin for expressing his political views,” said Nikas.