DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert was kicked out of a “Beetlejuice” show in Denver on Sunday, according to security footage.
The theater did not identify Boebert by name, but a spokesman said Wednesday that the video – which shows Boebert and a guest being escorted from the venue – shows guests being thrown out after audience members accused them of smoking singing, using telephones, etc. cause a disturbance.
Her campaign manager confirmed that Boebert was kicked out but denied that she vaped. Boebert and the other guest left.
“I can confirm the startling and salacious rumors: In her free time, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is, in fact, a supporter of the performing arts (gasp!),” Drew Sexton, Boebert’s campaign manager, said in a text message, adding that Boebert is “pleading.” guilty to sing along, laugh and enjoy yourself.”
Boebert is in her second term in Congress and is running for re-election in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which largely covers the western half of the state. The theater disruption was first reported by The Denver Post.
In her relatively short time in Washington, Boebert has built a national profile with her combative style that has garnered media headlines, particularly through Hecklers against President Joe Biden during his 2022 State of the Union address to Congress.
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The two guests initially refused to leave the venue, even after an employee threatened to call the police, a statement from the theater said. As soon as a police officer was on the way, the two left with an escort, the theater said. Security footage provided to the Associated Press does not appear to show Boebert vaping.
Jesse Bedayn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
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