In a surprising turn of events, surveillance video from a performing arts theater in Denver has emerged, showing Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert and her companion being escorted out of the musical “Beetlejuice” following “multiple complaints” from patrons. This incident has garnered considerable attention and raised several questions about what transpired that evening at the Buell Theater. In this article, we will delve into the details of the incident and explore the responses from both sides.
The Incident Unfolds
The Buell Theater surveillance video, obtained by CNN affiliate KUSA, provides a glimpse into the unfolding drama. Theater officials can be seen addressing Boebert and her companion at their seats inside the theater. After a lengthy conversation, the two can be observed rising from their seats and following the officials out of the theater.
Denver Arts & Venues later emailed CNN a report, shedding light on the incident. According to the report, theater officials received three separate complaints about the patrons sitting in Orchestra C Row E seats 1 and 2. These complaints alleged that the patrons were “vaping, singing, causing a disturbance,” and generally not adhering to the etiquette expected in a theater.
“The situation took an unexpected turn when the patrons were found to be absent from their designated seats upon our arrival. We patiently waited until they returned to address the concerns at hand,” as detailed in the report. “Upon their return, it was imperative to communicate to them the observations made by our vigilant usher team. Their actions, which included vaping, generating excessive noise, singing, and using their cell phones, had created a disturbance, affecting the enjoyment of their fellow theatergoers. We stressed the importance of being considerate towards their neighbors.”
The official warned the patrons that further complaints could lead to their removal from the theater. However, the patrons were reportedly argumentative, insisting that they were in harmony with everyone around them.
After an additional complaint alleging loud behavior and recording during the performance, the theater officials took the decision to ask the patrons to leave. When the patrons refused, the officials threatened to involve the Denver Police.
Interestingly, Boebert’s name was not mentioned in the incident report, and theater officials refrained from confirming her identity as the individual escorted out of the theater. Brian Kitts, a spokesperson for Denver Arts & Venues, stated that the incident report did not contain names as there was no police contact.
However, on social media, Boebert herself addressed the incident. In a post on Tuesday, she admitted to having attended the “Beetlejuice” performance and confessed to laughing and singing too loudly. She encouraged others to see the show and share their thoughts.
In a formal statement provided to CNN, Drew Sexton, who serves as Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign manager, categorically refuted any claims of Boebert engaging in vaping during the performance. However, Sexton did concede that Boebert had innocently used her mobile phone to capture a snapshot of the theatrical spectacle, all the while unaware of the theater’s policy against photography.
“Boebert’s Controversial Past”
This incident is not the first time Rep. Boebert has found herself in the midst of controversy. She made headlines previously when she shouted during President Joe Biden’s 2022 State of the Union address while he discussed aiding U.S. veterans. Furthermore, in 2021, she made an unfounded suggestion that Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was a terrorist, a statement she later apologized for.
The incident involving Rep. Lauren Boebert at the “Beetlejuice” musical performance in Denver has generated significant interest and discussion. While the surveillance video provides a glimpse into the incident, questions remain regarding the details of what transpired that evening. Boebert’s admission of singing too loudly and her campaign manager’s clarification adds another layer to the story. As with any incident, it is crucial to consider all perspectives and information available before passing judgment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Was Rep. Lauren Boebert removed from the theater?
Yes, surveillance video shows her being escorted out of the theater following complaints from patrons.
What were the complaints against Boebert and her companion?
Complaints alleged vaping, singing, causing a disturbance, and recording during the performance.
Did Boebert admit to her actions?
Yes, she admitted to laughing and singing too loudly but denied vaping during the show.
Were there any consequences for Boebert after the incident?
The incident report did not mention her by name, and theater officials did not confirm her identity. Therefore, there were no immediate consequences.
What is Boebert’s history of controversial incidents?
Boebert previously made headlines for shouting during President Biden’s State of the Union address and making unfounded accusations against Rep. Ilhan Omar, for which she later apologized.