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NYPD: Man arrested after storming ‘Julius Caesar’ stage in Central Park

A sign promotes Public Theater's

A sign promotes Public Theater's "Julius Caesar" on June 12, 2017. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Bryan R. Smith

A Nassau County man was arrested after he and another man stormed the stage in Central Park during the final performance of a play that depicts a character looking like President Donald Trump being assassinated.

Salvatore Cipolla, 28, of Oceanside and Jovanni Valle, 26, of Brooklyn were each charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, New York City police said.

Both men were given desk appearance tickets and ordered to appear in court on Aug. 16, the NYPD said.

Police said the men went on the stage about 8:30 p.m. Sunday during the Public Theater’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

The play is set in modern times and the man playing Caesar has orange hair and resembles Trump.

As in the original play, the main character is stabbed to death.

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America each pulled their sponsorships of the Public Theater, citing the “Julius Caesar” production.

A woman, Laura Loomer, 24, was arrested Friday after police said she disrupted the show.

One of her supporters in the audience stood up and yelled, “The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands!” — referring to the Republican congressman from Louisiana who was shot and critically injured last week by a gunman on a baseball field in Virginia.

The Public Theater said on Twitter last week that while they are “champions” of the First Amendment, Friday’s interruption of the performance was “driven by social media.”

Loomer belongs to an online, right-wing group called The Rebel Media.

With AP


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