Top Stories

Broadway Actor James D. Beeks Arrested for His Involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol Siege

Broadway Actor James D. Beeks Arrested for His Involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol Siege

James D. Beeks, a Broadway actor known for his work in Kinky Boots, Aida and Ragtime, has been arrested on charges related to the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol.

According to Deadline, the actor had most recently played Judas in a major touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which has now been suspended indefinitely.

Click inside to read more…

James has reportedly been charged with obstruction of Congress, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

He was arrested in Milwaukee on Tuesday (November 24) and made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Producers for the Jesus Christ Superstar touring production confirmed that it had been suspended indefinitely. They also said that “production is giving its full cooperation to the authorities while the investigation is ongoing.”

James also works as a Michael Jackson impersonator and was identified in part by the Michael Jackson Bad Tour jacket he was wearing in photos from the Capitol siege.

He was described by the Justice Department as “an affiliate of the oath keepers,” who according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office “marched in stack formation into the Capitol grounds and then up the east steps of the Capitol to the area outside of the Rotunda doors.”

Beeks was part of a mob of people, including some who attacked law enforcement,” the Office said in a statement. “At 2:38 pm., the doors were breached, and the group stormed into the Capitol. Once inside the Capitol, the group split up. Half of them, including Beeks, tried to push their way through a line of law enforcement officers guarding a hallway that led to the Senate chamber. Law enforcement forcibly repelled their advance. Beeks and others with him regrouped in the Rotunda and then left the building at approximately 3:04 p.m.”

“Unlike the camouflage-combat attire of many individuals in the group,” the statement continued, “he was wearing a Michael Jackson ‘BAD’ world tour jacket and a black helmet, and he was carrying what appeared to be a homemade black shield.”

One celebrity recently revealed she went looking for evidence of the insurrection during the inauguration.

Just Jared on Facebook
broadway actor arrested for capitol insurrection 01
broadway actor arrested for capitol insurrection 02
broadway actor arrested for capitol insurrection 03
broadway actor arrested for capitol insurrection 04
broadway actor arrested for capitol insurrection 05

Photos: Getty Images
Posted to: Broadway, James D. Beeks, Politics

JJ Links Around The Web

Photo of Private:  JJ Links Around The Web
Getty Images
  • Nick Jonas was spotted wearing some very interesting shoes - Just Jared Jr
  • Get to know more about Swagger star James Bingham - Just Jared Jr
  • The West Side Story soundtrack is out now - Just Jared Jr
  • This boy band is celebrating a big anniversary - Just Jared Jr