Michael Jackson impersonator, cast in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ charged with alleged role in the January 6 riots

Prosecutors say his Michael Jackson “Bad world tour” jacket helped identify him.

A 49-year-old man from Orlando, Florida, who the federal government says is a successful Michael Jackson imitator and plays Judas in the traveling production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, was on Tuesday charged with his alleged role on January 6. attack on the Capitol.

Prosecutors say James Beeks, an alleged member of the Oath Keepers militia, joined the “stack” that formed outside the Capitol staircase on January 6. Beeks, they say, was a member of “Stack 1” who tried to push his way through law enforcement officials, and according to a member of the group not named in federal court documents, he was looking for House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

Beeks reportedly admitted to other Oath Keepers that he joined the group shortly before the January 6 riot.

Legal documents show still images from videos allegedly showing Beeks inside the Capitol marching in the “stack” and outside the Capitol carrying what they say appeared to be a homemade shield.

Beeks was arrested Tuesday and appeared in federal court in Wisconsin, but did not file a motion.

Prosecutors were reportedly able to identify Beeks, in part because he wore the same Michael Jackson “Bad world tour” jacket on the Capitol that he did in a photo posed outside the tent of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

Beeks, who allegedly performs under the artist name James Justis, was charged with blocking Congress, a felony and a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering a restricted building or area. He was arrested in Milwaukee (the next stop on ‘Jesus Christ Superstar; tour, according to court documents), appeared for the first time and was released.

“Beeks continues to appear in the Jesus Christ Superstar production,” it reads in court documents. “Law enforcement observed him in early November 2021 at performances in San Francisco and Los Angeles.”

The production company behind ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ has not responded to a request from ABC News for comment and there is no lawyer listed for Beeks.


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