A Wyoming judge dismissed a $25 million defamation suit against Alec Baldwin filed by the family of a slain U.S. Marine.
The suit, brought by the sisters and widow of Rylee McCollum, who died in Kabul during the Aug. 26, 2021, airport bombing, failed to prove the court had personal jurisdiction over Baldwin's actions, Wyoming District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled Thursday.
The judge declined to rule on the merits of the case, opening the door for the lawsuit to be filed in another state. Baldwin has lived in New York for decades and does not have regular business, filed income taxes, held a bank account, or held other material assets in Wyoming, according to a court filing.
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The family's lawyer, Dennis Postiglione, said they plan to "refile in the jurisdiction where he can be sued," such as in New York or California, according to NBC.
Meanwhile, Baldwin's lawyer, Luke Nikas, applauded the dismissal as a "significant step toward the complete dismissal of the lawsuit, which seeks to punish Mr. Baldwin for expressing his political opinion."
The suit, brought by the Marine's two sisters, Cheyenne McCollum and Roice McCollum, and widow, Jiennah McCollum, alleged that Baldwin falsely accused and publicized that Roice had taken part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, calling her an "insurrectionist," according to a court document.
Baldwin allegedly got into contact with the family after discovering a GoFundMe page for them after Rylee's death, later sending Roice a $5,000 check.
After seeing a photo of Roice at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Baldwin allegedly messaged her, writing: "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."
Baldwin went on to repost Roice's photo, allegedly spurring hateful comments about the family by his followers.
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Roice has maintained that she attended a demonstration on Jan. 6 but was not part of the riot at the Capitol.