U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert’s Night Out: Controversy in the Theater

U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert found herself escorted out of a Denver theater on Sunday night following complaints from fellow audience members about her disruptive behavior.

According to an incident report disclosed to NPR, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts had to take action against two individuals during a performance of “Beetlejuice: The Musical” for violating theater policies. While the report did not explicitly name Boebert, the Colorado Republican publicly acknowledged her involvement by tweeting, “It’s true, I did thoroughly enjoy the AMAZING Beetlejuice at the Buell Theatre, and I plead guilty to laughing and singing too loud! Everyone should go see it if you get the chance this week,” she added, “Please let me know how it ends.”

The incident report stated that the individuals removed from the theater were observed vaping and using a cell phone to record the performance, which clearly contravened the theater’s rules. Theater staff received three separate complaints about their behavior, leading security to issue a warning during intermission. However, just five minutes into the second act, staff received a fourth complaint, prompting them to take action and remove the two patrons.

One usher reported that the guests initially resisted leaving, stating that they would not depart voluntarily. The usher warned them that they needed to vacate the theater or face trespassing charges. Despite this, the patrons remained defiant, even insisting that the usher fetch the Denver Police.

Surveillance footage, shared with local news outlets, depicted Boebert seated next to a man in a suit jacket in row E, near the front of the 2,800-person theater. The footage captured the moment when security guards confronted the pair as other patrons looked on. Following a brief conversation, Boebert and her companion complied and left the premises. During their exit, Boebert engaged in dialogue with the security personnel, uttering phrases like “Do you know who I am?,” “I am on the board,” and “I will be contacting the mayor.” At one point, she paused to take a selfie, as seen in the surveillance footage. Once outside the theater, she and the man walked hand-in-hand, and she even twirled as if dancing.

In response to these events, Boebert’s campaign manager dismissed the incident report, characterizing it as exaggerated. He confirmed her enjoyment of the performance and emphasized her respect for the Buell Theatre’s strict “no photos” policy. He also noted that the performance itself involved heavy fog machines and electronic cigarettes, clarifying that Boebert was not vaping.

It’s worth noting that Boebert, currently seeking re-election for a third term representing Colorado’s third congressional district, has had previous encounters with law enforcement and security personnel. Before entering office, she faced arrest and summons on multiple occasions, primarily for minor offenses, according to The Denver Post. Additionally, during her initial days in the U.S. Capitol, she was temporarily denied access to the House floor for refusing a search of her purse by Capitol Police, a procedure instituted in the wake of the events of January 6, 2021.

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