Florida man playing Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ accused in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Broadway actor at the moment enjoying Judas in a touring manufacturing of “Jesus Christ Celebrity” was arrested Tuesday on fees associated to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, authorities mentioned.

James Beeks, 49, of Orlando, is charged with obstruction of Congress, which is a felony, and unlawfully coming into a restricted constructing or grounds, a misdemeanor, based on a assertion from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the District of Columbia.

Prosecutors mentioned Beeks is “an affiliate of the Oath Keepers,” who joined up with some members of the anti-government group on Jan. 6 and marched in a “stack” formation that stormed into the Capitol.

James Beeks.through FBI

“Beeks was a part of a mob of individuals, together with some who attacked legislation enforcement,” the assertion from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned.

Whereas the general public within the group wore “camouflage-combat apparel,” helmets and clothes with Oath Keeper logos and insignia, Beeks was carrying a Michael Jackson “BAD” world tour jacket, and carried a do-it-yourself protect, based on an arrest warrant that included pictures of Beeks on the Capitol.

Beeks advised one other suspect that “he had not too long ago joined the Oath Keepers,” the arrest warrant mentioned. He paid dues to the far-right group in late December of final yr.

Beeks, the warrant mentioned, is performing in a touring fiftieth anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Celebrity” below the stage identify of James T. Justis. He’s enjoying the a part of Judas.

James Beeks. through FBI

He has additionally carried out on Broadway in “Kinky Boots,” “Aida,” “Ragtime” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” based on his forged bio, which mentioned he’s additionally a broadcast poet who’s engaged on a ebook referred to as “HisStory.”

Prosecutors mentioned he additionally “often performs as a Michael Jackson impersonator” and described himself on his YouTube web page as “one of many High Michael Jackson Tribute artists within the US.” 

Regulation enforcement, throughout their investigation into Beeks, twice “noticed him” carry out in “Jesus Christ Celebrity” earlier this month, the arrest warrant mentioned.

The present traveled to Milwaukee this week, based on the tour web site. Beeks was arrested there Tuesday and made his preliminary courtroom look within the Jap District of Wisconsin. He was launched later within the day.

It is unclear if Beeks has a lawyer.

Organizers of “Jesus Christ Celebrity” didn’t instantly reply to request for remark Wednesday. Beeks additionally didn’t reply to a message in search of remark.