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Broadway actor arrested on January 6. Charges of riots, suspended from his role




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broadway actor James Beeks, who starred in productions of Kinky Boots and Ragtime, and recently appeared in the Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary Tour, was arrested in Milwaukee on charges related to the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill and was suspended from his role on his show.


Beeks, 49, was accused with felony and misdemeanor charges of obstructing Congress and illegally entering a restricted building.

The Justice Department said Beeks was part of a group called the Oath Keepers, who climbed the Capitol steps and forcibly entered the Capitol building, and he was also part of the mob, some of whom have attacked the police.

Beeks was identified by investigators because of the Michael Jackson BAD world touring jacket he wore upon entering the Capitol; Beeks says he’s playing the role of a Michael Jackson impersonator on his social media.

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Beeks was arrested Tuesday in Milwaukee, where the Jesus Christ Superstar tour was scheduled to perform a series of watch this week.

Jesus Christ Superstar tour producers said Variety that Beeks has been suspended from playing as Judas in the production pending the outcome of the hearing, and he is no longer mentioned on the productions website.

Key context

The organization Beeks is said to have been a part of, the Oath Keepers, as well as Proud Boys International, LLC, were subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Tuesday. The committee asked the organizations to turn over documents related to the Capitol incident. The leaders of each group, Henry Enrique Tarrio of the Proud Boys and Elmer Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers, were also subpoenaed to appear. According to Washington post, nearly 20 people associated with the Oath Keepers faced charges related to January 6. More than 650 people have been charged with a riot-related crime and at least a dozen people have been sentenced to prison terms so far.

Surprising fact

Beeks is not the only actor to have been arrested on charges related to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Michael Aaron Loading, who has had roles in films like Insane, In full bloom and the glades was also arrested on charges related to violating the Capitol. Actor Luc Cafe, which appeared in Friday night lights, was accused of assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon during the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Further reading

Proud boys and oath-keepers among extremist groups called to appear by the January 6 committee (Forbes)




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