clearn.png
Monday July 4th, 2022 1:48AM

Wyoming defamation lawsuit against Alec Baldwin is dismissed

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit over online harassment filed against actor Alec Baldwin by the family of a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan, saying the Wyoming court did not have jurisdiction over the case.

An attorney for the family said the case would be refiled elsewhere, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday.

The sisters and widow of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum alleged Baldwin subjected them to online harassment after he posted and commented on a photo shared online by one of McCollum's sisters, Roice McCollum, who had been in Washington during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

Baldwin had donated $5,000 to the family after learning of the death of Rylee McCollum in a bombing at the airport in Kabul in August 2021, just weeks before his daughter was born. Baldwin had contacted Roice McCollum via Instagram, according to the lawsuit.

In January 2022, Baldwin saw that Roice McCollum posted a nearly year-old picture of demonstrators from former President Donald Trump’s rally taken on the day Congress counted the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election, the complaint stated.

Baldwin sent her a private message and confirmed she had organized the fundraiser for her brother, the lawsuit said. She responded that her participation in the protest was “perfectly legal,” according to court documents.

Baldwin told Roice McCollum he would share her photo with his 2.4 million Instagram followers and wrote: “Good luck,” according to the lawsuit.

Roice McCollum said in the lawsuit that she received hundreds of hateful messages in response to his post. The complaint, which also names her sister Cheyenne McCollum and Rylee’s wife, Jiennah McCollum, as plaintiffs, sought $25 million in damages.

Baldwin asked for the case to be dismissed, saying he was expressing his political opinion, that he had not been in Wyoming and that claims by Cheyenne and Jiennah McCollum should be dismissed because he did not make any statements about them.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal said Wednesday that the case could not be brought in Wyoming because Baldwin made the posts from New York and because they were not directed specifically at a Wyoming audience. Her decision did not address the veracity of the allegations in the complaint.

“We are pleased with this victory,” said Baldwin's attorney Luke Nikas. “This is a significant step toward the complete dismissal of the lawsuit, which seeks to punish Mr. Baldwin for expressing his political opinion.”

Dennis Postiglione, an attorney for the McCollums, said that the case would probably be refiled in New York, where Baldwin lives, or in California, where he works.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
After Arbery killing, 16 calls between DA, shooter's dad
Georgia prosecutors say the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery was followed by 16 phone calls between the local district attorney and a former employee later convicted of murder in the shooting
1:26PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Wyoming defamation lawsuit against Alec Baldwin is dismissed
A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Alec Baldwin over online harassment filed by the family of a Wyoming Marine who was killed in Afghanistan
1:18PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Students at Emory University told to shelter in place
Officials at Emory University are urgently telling students and staff to shelter in place because of a possible armed campus on campus
12:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
U.S. News
Cardinal: Pope authorized 1M payment to free kidnapped nun
A cardinal has testified that Pope Francis authorized spending up to 1 million euros to free a Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali
1:31PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Summer Preview: Banana! The Minions expand their empire
Some of the movies’ biggest stars barely speak a word of English, or any other language for that matter
1:26PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Thousands of smartphones purchased by VA went unused
An inspector general’s report has found that most of the 10,000 smartphones purchased for a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program during the pandemic went unused
1:26PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Mariupol steel mill battle rages as Ukraine repels attacks
Heavy fighting is raging at the besieged steel plant in Mariupol as Russian forces attempt to finish off the city’s last-ditch defenders and complete the capture of the strategically vital port
1:01PM ( 47 minutes ago )
COVID coverage for all dries up even as hospital costs rise
For the first time, the U.S. came close to providing health care for all for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic
12:17PM ( 1 hour ago )
It’s Chief Justice Roberts' Court, but does he still lead?
John Roberts is heading a Supreme Court in crisis
12:04PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Fox chews through fence, kills 25 flamingos at National Zoo
Foxes are known to raid henhouses
9:55AM ( 3 hours ago )
W.Va. House race pits Trump loyalty against infrastructure
A GOP House race between incumbents in West Virginia pits a Donald Trump-endorsed congressman against one who voted with the Democrats for infrastructure funding
8:45AM ( 5 hours ago )
Rising interest rates in US will hinder foreign economies
When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates — as it did Wednesday — the impact doesn’t stop with U.S. homebuyers paying more for mortgages or Main Street business owners facing costlier bank loans
12:23AM ( 13 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Attacks dominate Pennsylvania's Senate GOP primary debate
What could be the final primary debate between Republicans running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat devolved into a string of attacks
11:08PM ( 14 hours ago )
Attacks dominate Senate GOP debate in primary’s last stretch
What could be the final primary debate between Republicans running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat devolved into a string of attacks
10:20PM ( 15 hours ago )
Stacy Abrams raises $11.7 million in Georgia governor's race
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says donors gave  $11.7 million to her campaign for governor in the three months ended April 30
9:35PM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Elections
Live updates l Midterm results show strong Trump influence
The midterm election season began in earnest Tuesday with primaries in Indiana and Ohio
11:27PM ( 1 day ago )
Live updates l Trump buoys Gilbert to Ohio GOP House win
Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Madison Gesiotto Gilbert has won a crowded primary for an open U.S. House seat in northeast Ohio
10:57PM ( 1 day ago )
Live updates l Green wins GOP bid for Indiana US House seat
Jennifer-Ruth Green has won the Republican nomination in a northwestern Indiana congressional district that the GOP is looking to capture after several decades as a Democratic stronghold
10:46PM ( 1 day ago )
General Election News
Election 2022: Ryan wins Ohio Democratic Senate race
Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan has cruised his way to his party’s nomination for an open Senate seat and will now take on the winner of one of the most contentious and closely watched Republican primaries in the nation
8:08PM ( 1 day ago )
FACT FOCUS: Gaping holes in the claim of 2K ballot ‘mules’
A film debuting in over 270 theaters across the United States this week uses a flawed analysis of cellphone location data and ballot drop box surveillance footage to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election nearly 18 months after it ended
7:47PM ( 1 day ago )
Election 2022: Voters to decide Ohio's heated Senate primary
Ohio Republicans are voting in one of the most contentious and closely watched Senate primaries in the nation
6:03PM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
Emma Stone finds relief in grim Greek silent movie
U.S. actress Emma Stone says she found starring in a new Greek silent movie to be a welcome professional challenge and a relief from the normal demands of her job
11:33AM ( 2 hours ago )
Aliu lands book deal on how he confronted racism in hockey
Former pro hockey player Akim Aliu has a graphic novel in the works that tells his story and how he overcame racism and poverty
9:16AM ( 4 hours ago )
Maroon 5, Usher to headline concert to honor Rep. John Lewis
Maroon 5 and Usher will headline a benefit concert in Atlanta to honor the legacy of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis
8:02AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Amber Heard testifies she was assaulted by Johnny Depp
Amber Heard says she knew she should leave Johnny Depp the first time he hit her, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it
6:10PM ( 19 hours ago )
Wainwright, Arenado lead Cardinals to 10-0 romp over Royals
Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, Nolan Arenado hit a three-run shot and finished with five RBIs, and the Cardinals beat the Royals 10-0 to take their four-game season series
5:20PM ( 20 hours ago )
Dolly Parton, Eminem, Richie get into Rock Hall of Fame
Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor
4:37PM ( 21 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
HBCU medical schools to tackle organ transplant disparities
A coalition including the four medical schools at the nation's historically Black colleges and universities has announced a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of Black Americans registered as organ donors and combating disparities among transplant recipients
1:33PM ( 14 minutes ago )
After Arbery killing, 16 calls between DA, shooter's dad
Georgia prosecutors say the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery was followed by 16 phone calls between the local district attorney and a former employee later convicted of murder in the shooting
1:26PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Students at Emory University told to shelter in place
Officials at Emory University urged people on its main campus to stay inside buildings until an all-clear is announced following earlier reports of a possible armed suspect
1:16PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Tornadoes strike Texas, Oklahoma; more storms in forecast
A springtime storm system spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to a school, a marijuana farm and other structures
12:36PM ( 1 hour ago )
NASA climate research scientist wins World Food Prize
A NASA climate research scientist who has spent much of her career explaining how global food production systems must adapt to a changing climate was awarded the World Food Prize at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington
12:00PM ( 1 hour ago )