Rapper faces federal charges after his album cover featured a photo of him posing on a SWAT truck during the Capitol Riot

  • A Virginia rapper “Bugzie the Don” is facing federal charges after using a photo of him during 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 with four counts, including unlawful entry and misconduct.

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 her 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 as he sat on a SWAT car. The blurry background captures pro-Trump supporters storming the US Capitol as lawmakers voted to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

A post shared by Bugzie The Don (@bugziethedon_)

Brodnax told federal investigators he traveled to Washington, D.C., to shoot a music video, according to a affidavit. The Virginia rapper claimed he followed the crowd into the Capitol building, walked around, and took photos and videos of the architecture.

Brodnax said his friends reached out to him on social media saying they spotted him on CNN and he left the building after about 40 minutes.

Brodnax was identified to investigators after people informed authorities with screenshots of him on the CNN broadcast and tagging his Twitter account, as well as posting another photo of Brodnax sitting on the SWAT truck of United States Capitol Police.

He was charged with four counts, including unlawful entry and misconduct on restricted grounds and parading, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building, according to court documents.

Brodnax is one of nearly 500 charged Capitol rioters who face charges in connection with the January 6 uprising. Several other suspects have been identified in multiple ways, including family members turn over the accused rioters, accused testifying against each other, and even a woman helping the FBI identify an accused Capitol rioter, whom she connected to the dating app Bumblebee.

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