What Happened to Lauren Boebert’s Famous Theater Date at the Beetlejuice Show?

It was one of the strangest stories in US politics in 2023 (and that's saying something) but Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boerbert's date night in a regional production of the Broadway musical Beetlejuice certainly made more headlines than you'd expect for its combination of sensationalism and hypocrisy.

The right-wing congresswoman, who was narrowly re-elected in November 2022, had to apologize for not telling the truth about an incident that led to her being thrown out of a Denver theater in mid-September 2023.

Her apology came as new footage emerged from security cameras at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts that showed Rep Boebert not only vaping, singing and taking flash photos during the performance, but she also appeared to be heavily fondling the man her partner.

A statement released by Ms. Boebert said: “The past few days have been difficult and humbling and I am truly sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver brought to the community. While none of my actions or words as a private person that night were intended to be malicious or to cause harm, the reality is that they did and I am sorry for that.

“There is no perfect plan to get through a public and difficult divorce, which in recent months has created a difficult personal time for me and my entire family. I tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I just fell short of my values ​​on Sunday. This is unacceptable and I am sorry.”

In April 2023 Ms Boebert filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years, Jayson Boebert, and in June announced she had become a grandmother aged 36 after her 17-year-old son had a baby with his girlfriend.

The statement continued: “Whether it was the excitement of seeing a highly anticipated production or the natural anxiety of being in a new environment, I really don't remember steaming that night when I discussed the evening's events with my campaign team confirming my excitement for the musical. Regardless of my belief, it is clear now that it was not accurate. It was not my or my campaign's intention to mislead, but we understand the nature of what that looks like. We know we will have to work to earn your trust and it may not happen overnight, but we will.

“I am deeply grateful to those in the 3rd District who stood up for me and reached out to me this week and offered grace and support when I needed it most. I've learned some humbling lessons these past few days, but I promise that moving forward, I'll make you all proud.”

The Colorado lawmaker has also previously accused the left of “grooming” children and railed against drag shows, tweeting in June 2022: “Take your kids to CHURCH, not drag bars.”

The hypocrisy of her apparent public sexual behavior in a theater versus her criticism of attraction and attacks on the LGBTQ+ community did not go unnoticed, with Clara Jeffery of Mother Jones The tweet: “You have to be careful what you take your kids to, lest they sit next to a Congressman who ‘fumes' and engages in sexual acts.”

Journalist John Harwood wrote similarly: “Republican extremist in Congress who engages in wildly inappropriate sexual behavior in crowded public theater explains she's trying to handle her divorce ‘with strength and grace as best I can.'

Author Dave Cullen tweeted: “Another ‘family values' hypocrite attacks gays for putting children at risk just for being ourselves — then does it in a show recommended for 11 and up.” .

A representative for the MP previously denied that she had vaped at the theater, from which she was kicked out on Sunday night after “causing a disturbance”, it said. The Denver Post.

Ms Bobert's team initially claimed heavy fog machines and e-cigarettes were used during the game, leading to a “misunderstanding” that the controversial politician was using an e-cigarette.

However, footage, obtained by NBC, shows Ms Bobert sitting in the theater and raising her hand to her face before smoke billows from her mouth.

The video also shows a woman sitting behind the MP and leaning in to speak to her. The Denver Post reported that the woman was pregnant and asked Ms. Bobert to stop vaping, to which the deputy replied, “No.”

The woman, who described Ms Bobert's behavior as “outrageous”, also claimed the MP called her “sad and miserable” after she asked to move seats during the break.

Ms Bobert is also seen in the footage taking flash photos during the performance and raising her arms as if to dance.

Late Friday, more footage emerged that appears to show the MP and her partner greeting each other.

The Republican lawmaker, who was not named in an incident report from the night, was admonished for her behavior during a break after three complaints before she was eventually told to leave the staff.

“They told me they won't leave. I told them they had to leave the theater and if they didn't, they would be trampled. Patrons said they wouldn't leave. I told them I was going to get the Denver Police. They said go get them,” an usher was quoted as saying at the fair.

The report says the two theatergoers were taken to the lobby, where they refused to leave, telling staff “things like ‘you know who I am,' ‘I'm on the board,' (and) ‘I'm going to contact the mayor.' “

Police arrived and remained at the theater until Ms. Bobert and her partner left, according to the report.