Broadway Actor Arrested in Connection to Jan. 6 Capitol Riot, Suspended from Jesus Christ Superstar

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A Broadway actor was found Tuesday in connection with the fatal events of January 6 in Washington D.C. arrested in which a large group of Donald Trump supporters broke through the US Capitol.
James Beeks, 49, is charged with obstruction of Congress, which is a felony, and charged with trespassing on a restricted building or site, the US Department of Justice said Tuesday.
Beeks plays Judas in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, which is currently on tour. Investigators "watched" him perform in Los Angeles and San Francisco in early November, and the show performed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, the next from the United States to Toronto. They arrested Beeks in Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon.
The producers of Jesus Christ Superstar said Wednesday, according to Deadline and Variety, that Beeks will be suspended from the tour "pending the hearing", adding that the production will allow the authorities their full cooperation while the investigation continues.
Beeks, who has acted as a Michael Jackson impersonator, has been identified by authorities in part because of the jacket he wore that day: merchandise from Jackson's 1980s bathroom era. He appeared to be wearing the same tour jacket that investigators found in photos on his social media.
Law enforcement officials used other evidence to link Beeks to his January 6 presence, including debit card purchases in the area, phone records, car rentals and more, according to an official complaint. They also matched his ear with pictures from the scene as they "couldn't find a photo or video of Beeks in the Capitol with their faces visible".
Authorities claimed Beeks paid dues to the Oath Keepers - an extremist group that was present at the Capitol riot - on December 21, 2020, just two weeks before January 6.
It wasn't immediately clear if Beeks had a lawyer to comment on. He had a first appearance in court in the eastern borough of Wisconsin and has been released pending trial, the DOJ said.
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In an interview with Equality365 published in October to promote a Jesus Christ Superstar tour stop, Beeks, who uses the stage name James T. Justis, was asked how "current social unrest" is affecting his portrayal of Judas in the musical .
"That's a good question. I don't see Judas as a villain. I think he's a hero. I am honored to be the archetype of Judas and to give him a voice, I appreciate that. I think we've been told to question society. I want people to see Judas from a different light and from different perspectives. He wasn't a bad guy and just did what he had to do. However that translates into society today, I hope it will be viewed as a good thing. "
The DOJ reports that over 675 people were arrested in connection with January 6 in nearly all 50 states. More than 210 of these people were charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement.

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