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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor Arrested for Role in Capitol Riot Gives Dramatic Performance in Court

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor Arrested for Role in Capitol Riot Gives Dramatic Performance in Court

He just might be damned for all time.

A Broadway actor that federal prosecutors allege was part of a “stack” formation with Oath Keepers on January 6th gave a bizarre performance from the witness stand during his trial. James Beeks, who starred as Judas in a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and describes himself as “one of the Top Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the U.S.” was photographed wearing a mask on the Capitol grounds on January 6th, but prosecutors were able to identify him by his replica 1987 “BAD” world tour jacket.

 

 

Beeks claimed himself to be a “sovereign citizen” in a filing just before the hearing. Beeks spoke for himself for most of the hearing after originally saying he would not act as his own lawyer since “I cannot represent myself because I am myself.”

Prior to the hearing, the Justice Department was not requesting that Beeks be kept in jail while awaiting trial. That changed, however, after Beeks asserted his “divine” authority.

According to Wikipedia, the sovereign citizen movement is a “loose grouping of primarily American litigants, commentators, tax protesters, and financial-scheme promoters, who claim to be answerable only to their particular interpretations of the common law and to not be subject to any government statutes or proceedings. In the United States, they do not recognize U.S. currency and maintain that they are “free of any legal constraints”. They especially reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate. Participants in the movement argue this concept in opposition to the idea of “federal citizens”, who, they say, have unknowingly forfeited their rights by accepting some aspect of federal law. The doctrines of the movement resemble those of the freemen on the land movement more commonly found in the British Commonwealth, such as Australia and Canada.”

As of Tuesday, Beeks was still listed on the Jesus Christ Superstar’s U.S. tour cast page as playing ‘Judas’ under the stage name ‘James T. Justis.’ Federal investigators apparently attended several performances of the Jesus Christ Superstar tour in November in order to observe him in the role. Beeks’ Broadway credits also include Kinky Boots, Aida, Ragtime, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

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Beeks was released to await trial and is required to be home by 10 pm each night, which he says would make it “tough” for him to perform.

 

 

 

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