Broadway actor accused of joining Oath keepers in Capitol breach

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A Broadway actor was charged on Tuesday with being among those who were allegedly sworn in to sabotage the US Capitol during the January 6 uprising, according to a Justice Department statement,

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why it matters: The arrest of James Beaks, who is currently playing Judas in a traveling “Jesus Christ Superstar” production under the name James T. Justice and also a Michael Jackson impersonator, “a strange twist in a massive case against the far-right”. “Joins Group, for politics, Who first reported the news?

By numbers: Beaux 49, of Orlando, Florida, is one of more than 675 people arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the Capitol riot, the Justice Department said.

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description: The DOJ alleged that Beaux was part of “a group of Oath Keeper members and associates” who marched in a “stack” formation to break the Capitol and was wearing a Michael Jackson “BAD” World Tour jacket and a black helmet. Was. What appeared to be a homemade black shield.”

  • Prosecutors say Beaks, who was described by the Justice Department as “an accomplice of swearers,” was part of “a mob of people, including some who attacked law enforcement.”
  • He was reportedly among a group that “tried to push their way through a line of law enforcement officers guarding a hallway that led to the Senate chamber.”

For the record: Beaks has been charged with obstructing Congress and illegally entering a restricted building or grounds.

  • The DOJ said he was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Milwaukee and made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
  • Beaks was released pending further court proceedings.
  • He was still listed Andrew Lloyd Webber appears on the play’s US tour early Wednesday.
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