A Virginia-based rapper who used a photo of himself outside the Capitol in the Jan.6 attacks as an album cover is scheduled to appear in court.
Antionne DeShaun Brodnax, better known as Bugzie the Don, was pictured sitting on top of a SWAT vehicle smoking a cigar as crowds of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol behind him.
The rapper then used the image to promote his latest album The capital, which came out in March.
One of the tracks from the album, available on music streaming services such as Spotify, is called “Capitol Interview Skit, Pt. 2”.
According to a narrative, the rapper admitted to being in Washington, DC that day in order to shoot a music video. Brodnax told the FBI he followed the crowd of protesters and entered the Capitol after police moved the doors blocking the gate.
Brodnax said he entered the building peacefully, wandered around and took photos and videos of the architecture once inside. He said he did not enter any office or room and did not commit any act of violence or theft on the Capitol.
Brodnax added that inside the Capitol he had received messages on social media from friends telling him that a clip of him walking the halls was broadcast live on CNN.
The suspect then responded to Twitter messages confirming he was the man seen in the CNN clip using his Bugzie the Don account.
The rapper also reportedly uploaded photos of him walking inside the Capitol and sitting on the Norman Borlaug statue in Statuary Hall to a now-deleted Instagram account.
Brodnax was charged in March with entering and staying in a building or restricted land, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a building or restricted land, marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.
As reported by The Washington Post, his lawyer is now fighting government attempts to gain access to Brodnax’s social media accounts after he sent subpoenas to Twitter and Facebook.
The rapper’s lawyer is trying to block search warrants, claiming such a move would violate Brodnax’s constitutional rights.
After his arrest, Brodnax said he was not inside the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to prevent the certification of election results and that he was “far from being a Trump supporter.”
“I’m not even getting into politics at all. It was an experience for me and that’s really the only reason I was there,” he told The Intercept.
Brodnax has been contacted for comment.