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Broadway actor, Oath Keeper hit with Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection charges

A Broadway actor who is also a member of the violent militia the Oath Keepers has been charged for his function within the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol constructing.

James Beeks, 49, of Orlando, was charged with a felony depend of obstruction of Congress and a misdemeanor depend of unlawfully getting into a restricted constructing or grounds. Each are federal prices.

Beeks was arrested in Milwaukee on Tuesday however the case is being prosecuted at a federal court docket in Washington, D.C.

In response to prosecutors, Beeks was amongst a gaggle that attacked regulation enforcement whereas breaching the Capitol doorways earlier than working amok inside.

Later, Beeks and others had been forcibly repelled by regulation enforcement whereas making an attempt to push by to the Senate chambers.

Beeks, whose stage title is James T. Justis, was most not too long ago taking part in the function of Judas in a fiftieth anniversary touring manufacturing of “Jesus Christ Famous person” and in addition labored as a Michael Jackson impersonator. He wore a Michael Jackson “Dangerous” tour commemorative jacket on Jan. 6, in accordance with information.

He additionally appeared in Broadway productions of “Kinky Boots,” “Aida,” “Ragtime” and Smokey Joe’s “Cafe.” After the Division of Justice introduced prices in opposition to Beeks, producers of the “Jesus Christ Famous person” tour introduced that Beeks was suspended indefinitely “pending the end result of the listening to,” and stated they had been cooperating with the investigation. The tour is anticipated to go ahead with a special Judas, in accordance with Deadline.

Greater than 675 folks have been arrested for the Capitol assault and greater than 200 have been charged with assaulting or impeding regulation enforcement.

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