Actor who performs in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and as Michael Jackson charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

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  • A professional Broadway actor was arrested on January 6 for attacking the US Capitol along with fellow members of the extremist Oath Keepers group.
  • James Beaks, whose stage name is James T. Justice, is most recently performing as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and also impersonates Michael Jackson.
  • The riot began two months after then-President Donald Trump’s false claims that he had indeed won the 2020 election, and that President Joe Biden’s victory was simply the result of widespread ballot fraud.

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a professional Broadway actor with whom Starring as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” And who also impersonates Michael Jackson, Was arrested on Tuesday for attacking the US Capitol With fellow members of the extremist oath protector group on 6 January.

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James Beaux, 49, was wearing a jacket that looked like Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour jacket as he marched along the East Steps of the Capitol in the so-called Stack Formation with other Oath Keepers and “with a crowd in the complex”. Hurricane”. Through the doors guarded by the people’s “police officers, A court filing shows,

According to officials, Beaux’s “bad” apparel set him apart from other oath-takers, many of whom wore camouflage during the riots.

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The filing said that Orlando, Florida, resident, Joe James T. Justice, who performs under the stage name Justice, was seen performing as Judas at a national touring company of “Jesus Christ Superstars” in San Francisco and Los Angeles earlier this month.

Beaks previously appeared on Broadway in “Kinky Boots,” “Aida,” “Ragtime,” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”

His YouTube page, whose username is “jdmoonwalker … describes him as ‘one of the top Michael Jackson tribute artists in America,'” the filing said.

According to the filing, last December, Beaks made an annual subscription payment to OAuth Keepers Inc.

Beaks was arrested in Milwaukee, where his show began running on Tuesday. He was released after appearing in federal court in Wisconsin.

They have been charged with obstructing Congress proceedings and entering restricted grounds for the purpose of obstructing government business.

The case is being tried in US District Court in Washington DC, where more than 15 other Oath Keepers and more than 600 other riot defendants have also been indicted in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

The riot began two months after then-President Donald Trump’s false claims that he had indeed won the 2020 election, and that President Joe Biden’s victory was simply the result of widespread ballot fraud.

On January 6, Trump spoke at a rally for supporters outside the White House. He urged the crowd to protest an ongoing joint session of Congress in the process of marching to the Capitol and confirming the victory of Biden’s Electoral College.

Then-Vice President Mike Pence presided over that session and ended up accepting the results, despite arguments from Trump and other aides that he should reject them.

Hundreds of Trump supporters surrounded the Capitol as the rally ended. Many of them entered buildings after being pushed by police officers.

Video and still images taken during the riot show show Beaks wearing a black jacket with “BAD” written on his left breast, black pants, a black helmet, goggles and a neck gaiter, in a court filing. Having said. The document said he was carrying “what appears to be a black shield”.

A sworn guard member who previously pleaded guilty in the Capitol riot case told officials that Beaks joined a group of oath-keepers who walked from Ellipse to the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Beaux told another member, whose name was not included in the filing, “that he had recently joined Oath Keepers, that he was from Orlando, and that he was following social media posts from group leader Kelly Meigs. “.

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Some members of that crowd “attacked officers trying to gain entry to the capital, while shouting, ‘Take off your shield,’ ‘Our house,’ and ‘We want Trump!,'” the filing says. “The attackers attacked officers using pepper spray, flagpoles and a number of improvised weapons and projectiles.”

Officers said the Beaks were part of a group of “Stack One” members who split up as they entered the Capitol rotunda, then tried to make their way through a line of police officers guarding the hallway who headed to the Senate chamber. The filing said that group was forcibly evicted.

The second part of Stack One headed to the House of Representatives. A member of that splinter group later said they were looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., according to the filing.

The filing notes that “law enforcement saw open source photos of a man who appears to be wearing beaks” in the same “bad” tour jacket seen on a man photographed during the Capitol riot.

Included in the filing are “Photos [that] Posted by a person on Instagram on April 4, 2020, with the hashtag #jesuschristsuperstar.”

“According to an online cast listing, the person who posted the photos on Instagram is an actor in a traveling production of the drama Jesus Christ Superstar,” the filing said. “Beaks, under the stage name ‘James T. Justice’, is also an actor in the same production.”

In an interview about “Jesus Christ Superstar” last month, Beaux talked about the show and its meaning.

“The same people who admired him—praised and supported Jesus—are the same people who brought him down,” Beaux said. “I feel a lot of reflection in our society today. And I think art imitates life.”

Beaux also spoke of the character of Judas, who in Scripture betrays Jesus to the Romans, who have crucified him.

He said in that interview with Equality 365 that Judas is “more of a hero on the show.”

“This production leaves us with a question about his role,” Beaux said. “I don’t see this as Judah’s bad guy. I think he’s a hero. I’m honored to be Judah’s role model and give him a voice.”

He said, “I want people to look at Judah from a different point of view and from a different point of view. He was not a bad man, and was only doing what he had to do.”

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