Conservative Journalist Laura Loomer Arrested For Rushing Stage, Interrupting "Julius Caesar" Play Where Trump Look-Alike Is Killed
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Two protesters disrupted the New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of "Julius Caesar" with one being arrested on Friday night, police and the Public Theater said.
The protester, who the NYPD did not name, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, police said. Right-wing activist and Rebel Media's Laura Loomer livestreamed herself rushing the stage. By midnight, Loomer posted she had been released from jail.
According to her video, she rushed onto the Delacorte Theater stage during the scene where Caesar is assassinated and yelled "stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable ... this is violent!" The crowd mainly yelled for her to get off the stage or booed as she compared the production to ISIS and yelled "shame!"
Pro-Trump activist Jack Posobiec also posted video of the incident on Twitter. From the audience, Posobiec yelled to the actors and the crowd "you are Goebbels," referring to the Nazi minister of propaganda.
"You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels ... You are all inciting terrorists! The blood of Steve Scalise in on your hands!" he yelled, in reference to the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and three others earlier this week at a baseball practice.
Posobiec later posted a video of Loomer being released from the Central Park Precinct.
In a statement, the Public Theater said the show was stopped for "less than a minute" and credited Public Theater stage manager for handling the incident "beautifully."
"The staff removed the protestors peacefully, and the show resumed with the line "Liberty! Freedom! The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued," the statement read.