Broadway Star Arrested For Role In Capitol Riot

James D. Beeks, 49, stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as an "affiliate of the Oath Keepers," investigators said.
James Delisco Beeks performs in New York City in December 2018.
James Delisco Beeks performs in New York City in December 2018.
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Broadway star James D. Beeks has been arrested for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The 49-year-old Broadway actor, who most recently played Judas in the U.S. touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” was charged with obstruction of Congress and entering a restricted building, according to a complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Investigators say Beeks joined the riots as “an affiliate” of the Oath Keepers, a militant extremist group whose members flooded the Capitol on Jan. 6. He had paid dues to the group two weeks prior to the riot.

While the Oath Keepers are known for the military fatigues they often wear at rallies, Beeks — a Michael Jackson impersonator on the side — was seen wearing an imitation of Jackson’s iconic BAD jacket from the late singer’s 1987 tour on Jan. 6.

Investigators tracked Beeks down through his social media and by attending several of his shows, where he played Judas under the stage name James T. Justis.

As of Wednesday, Beeks has been removed from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” cast page.

More than 700 people have been arrested so far for their participation in the riot that day. On Tuesday, 36-year-old Adam Johnson, one of the most recognizable faces of the insurrection, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the riots.