Lawmakers from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, the conservatives who are challenging Speaker McCarthy on the government funding bill, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., center, and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, left, rally ahead of a news conference outside the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DENVER | Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized Friday after getting kicked out of a musical play in Colorado last weekend for disruptive behavior and then falsely denying she had been vaping.

The apology came a day after surveillance video emerged that showed Boebert vaping at her seat in a Denver theater. Her campaign earlier denied the theater’s contention that she had been vaping.

The normally combative Boebert said in a Friday statement that her actions were not meant to be malicious or cause harm “but the reality is they did.”

She was kicked out of the “Beetlejuice” musical last Sunday following complaints from people in the audience that she and another guest were vaping, singing, using phones and causing a disturbance.

When the lights were still on and as people were taking their seats around Boebert, she could be seen in the surveillance video putting her hand to her mouth then blowing out a cloud of vapor. After the lights went off, the footage showed Boebert dancing in her seat and flashes from her phone as she held it up and appeared to take photos of herself during the performance.

Two days after the incident, Boebert posted in social media: “It’s true, I did thoroughly enjoy the AMAZING Beetlejuice at the Buell Theatre and I plead guilty to laughing and singing too loud!”

Boebert noted in her statement that she has been going through a divorce and said her behavior was unacceptable.

“I genuinely did not recall vaping that evening when I discussed the night’s events with my campaign manager,” she said. “We do understand the nature of how this looks.”

In her relatively short time in Washington, Boebert built a national profile and has aligned with the extreme right wing of the GOP. Her assertive style has grabbed media headlines, most famously when she heckled President Joe Biden during his 2022 State of the Union address.

She is in her second term in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, largely covering the state’s western half.

The city-owned Buell Theater did not name Boebert when it released the video clips from surveillance cameras that showed the congresswoman and her companion being led out of the theater by members of its staff.

During the confrontation, the two made comments along the lines of “do you know who I am” and “I will be contacting the mayor,” according to theater representatives.

The two guests at first refused to leave the venue, even after an employee threatened to get the police, the theater said. Once a police officer was on the way, the two left, the theater said.

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  1. When you are described as “normally combative” you have issues! Lauren Boebert is an embarrassment to the state because she is not a serious politician, she is interested in generating controversy and calling attention to herself. Today, that’s a dime a dozen!

  2. Her MAGA followers will revel in this, and the rest of us still can’t believe that someone so unqualified, dishonest and corrupt, with a long history of run-ins with the local law enforcement, and who just wants to keep her name in the headlines by anger-tweeting & does nothing else but a few local photo ops showing her Fox News makeover while voting against every bill that helps Coloradans, ever got elected or re-elected.

  3. I see”Blow Fart” is at it again. I don’t why she even apologized. She had a “legitimate” excuse- her two divorces
    1. One marital and
    2. One from reality

    1. I’m just glad that she didn’t pull out her….
      Not that! Her well publicized handgun and start shooting at, well, anyone. That would have made her the darling of the violent right wing.

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