A social media activist and former Buzzfeed columnist who once worked for Warner Bros. Records and Warped Tour was shut down in connection with the January 6 protests on Capitol Hill.
Social media activist Tom Gionet (better known by his more colorful nickname, Baked Alaska) was arrested in Houston by the FBI on Saturday for his activities during the takeover of the Capitol. The AP reported the arrest, citing a distressing FBI source.
Gionet faces charges of violent and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted-access building without legal permission, according to at the US Department of Justice.
No information was immediately available on where Gionet is being held or whether he has a lawyer.
Gionet broadcast live inside the Capitol for 27 minutes, according to a affidavit filed in the case. He was heard encouraging other protesters not to leave, saying, “I’m staying,” “1776 baby,” and “I won’t leave guys, don’t worry.” He also entered several offices and took a selfie with officers asking protesters to leave.
So far, law enforcement officials across the country have brought nearly 100 cases related to the Capitol takeover to the Federal Court and District of Columbia Superior Court.