- A Virginia rapper “Bugzie the Don” faces federal charges after he used a photo of himself at the Capitol riot on an album cover.
- Antionne DeShaun Brodnax released his album cover, which features him sitting on a SWAT car in front of the Capitol.
- He was charged on four counts, including unlawful entry and misconduct.
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A rapper is facing federal charges after his album cover featured a photo of him posing on a SWAT car during the Capitol riots.
Antionne DeShaun Brodnax, whose artist name is Bugzie the Don, released his album called “The Capital,” sharing photos of the cover on Twitter on February 8 and posting a photo on Instagram earlier in May.
The artwork on the cover featured Brodnax with a cigar in his right hand and an American flag behind him while he sits on a SWAT car. The blurred background captures pro-Trump supports storming the US Capitol as lawmakers voted to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Brodnax told federal investigators that he traveled to Washington, DC, to shoot a music video, according to an affidavit. The Virginia rapper claimed he followed the crowd into the Capitol building, walked around, and took pictures and videos of the architecture.
Brodnax said his friends reached out to him on social media saying they spotted him on CNN broadcast, and he left the building after about 40 minutes.
Brodnax was identified to investigators after people tipped off authorities with screenshots of him on the CNN broadcast and tagging his Twitter handle, as well as posting another photo of Brodnax sitting on the US Capitol Police SWAT truck.
He was charged on four counts, including unlawful entry and misconduct on restricted grounds and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building, according to court documents.
Brodnax is one of nearly 500 accused Capitol rioters who are facing charges in connection with the January 6 insurrection. Several other suspects have been identified in a myriad of ways, including family members turning over accused rioters, defendants testifying against each other, and even a woman helping the FBI identify an accused Capitol rioter, whom she matched with the dating app Bumble.