Florida actor playing Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ charged in US Capitol riot

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A Florida man and actor playing Judas in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” was arrested Tuesday on charges related to participation in the US Capitol riot on January 6.

Officials said James Beeks, 49, of Orlando, was affiliated with the far-right Oath Keepers militia group.

Beeks, who was arrested in Milwaukee, has been charged with a felony count of obstruction of the Congress and a misdemeanour count of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds. Beeks, who made his initial court appearance in Wisconsin, was released pending further court proceedings. The case is being prosecuted in Washington federal court.

According to court documents, Beeks approached the group of Oath Keepers and said he was a member.

Beeks joined with other group members objecting to Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory over former Republican President Donald Trump.

Beeks was photographed wearing a Michael Jackson BAD world tour jacket. Beeks regularly performs as a Michael Jackson impersonator, court documents indicated. Beeks describes himself on his YouTube page as “one of the Top Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the US.”

Beeks was part of a mob of people, including some who attacked law enforcement, prosecutors said.

Five people died in violence when a mob attacked the Capitol. They held the protest in their attempt to stop Congress from certifying election results.

More than 675 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, since January 6. More than 210 people have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

DJ Martin, marketing and communications director for the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, said Beeks was suspended indefinitely.

“The touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar confirmed that James Beeks (aka James T. Justis) is suspended indefinitely from the company pending the outcome of the hearing. The production is fully cooperating with authorities during the ongoing investigation,” Martin said in a statement.

 

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