DENVER — New video obtained by 9NEWS supports claims that Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert was vaping as she sat inside the Buell Theatre for a weekend performance of "Beetlejuice."
An incident report from the Buell Theatre detailed several patron complaints about the behavior of two people sitting in Row E, near the front of the theater.
The incident report does not name Boebert, but two city sources confirmed with 9NEWS that Boebert was escorted from the performance over complaints of vaping, taking pictures and causing a disturbance. Video shows her being escorted out.
"Whether it was the excitement of seeing a much-anticipated production or the natural anxiety of being in a new environment, I genuinely did not recall vaping that evening when I discussed the night's events with my campaign team while confirming my enthusiasm for the musical," Boebert said in a statement through her campaign team Friday night. "Regardless of my belief, it's clear now that was not accurate; it was not my or my campaign's intention to mislead, but we do understand the nature of how this looks. We know we will have to work to earn your trust back and it may not happen overnight, but we will do it."
The report details the effort by ushers and supervisors to address the complaints. According to the report, there were three different complaints about the two people “vaping, singing [and] causing a disturbance.”
Video provided by the city clearly shows Boebert vaping in the theater. The footage shows her taking photos with the flash on during the performance. She's also seen raising arms and clapping while almost everyone is seen sitting quietly.
At one point in the video, the woman seated behind her leans forward and appears to say something to Boebert. There is no audio on the video, but woman told the "Denver Post" she asked Boebert to stop vaping and that Boebert refused.
Boebert and her companion were told that if there was another issue, they would be asked to leave. The report says the two were “argumentative” saying they “were in concert with everyone around them.”
There was another complaint five minutes into the second act, according to the report, about the two being loud and “at the time were recording.”
Video shows Boebert and her companion being escorted out.
In a social media post Tuesday, Boebert alluded to the incident and said she was "laughing and singing too loud."
The author of the incident report from the Buell Theatre wrote that they radioed for support and that an officer was on the way, but the patrons left the theater on their own. Surveillance video from the City of Denver shows their exit.
In the lobby, the report said they were told to leave the property and they said, “Do you know who I am,” “I am on the board” and “I will be contacting the mayor.”
Boebert released the following statement through her campaign team Friday night:
"The past few days have been difficult and humbling, and I'm truly sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver has brought to the community. While none of my actions or words as a private citizen that night were intended to be malicious or meant to cause harm, the reality is they did and I regret that.
There's no perfect blueprint for going through a public and difficult divorce, which over the past few months has made for a challenging personal time for me and my entire family. I've tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I simply fell short of my values on Sunday. That's unacceptable and I'm sorry.
Whether it was the excitement of seeing a much-anticipated production or the natural anxiety of being in a new environment, I genuinely did not recall vaping that evening when I discussed the night's events with my campaign team while confirming my enthusiasm for the musical. Regardless of my belief, it's clear now that was not accurate; it was not my or my campaign's intention to mislead, but we do understand the nature of how this looks. We know we will have to work to earn your trust back and it may not happen overnight, but we will do it.
I'm deeply thankful to those in the 3rd District who have defended me and reached out this week and offered grace and support when I needed it the most. I've learned some humbling lessons these past few days but I vow moving forward, I will make you proud."
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