A social media activist and former Buzzfeed columnist who once worked for Warner Bros. Records and the Warped Tour was arrested in connection with the Capitol protests on Jan. 6.
Social media activist Tom Gionet (better known by his colorful nickname Baked Alaska) was arrested by the FBI on Saturday in Houston for his activities during the US Capitol takeover. The AP reported the arrest, citing an anonymous FBI source.
Gionet has been charged with violent and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, according to the US Department of Justice, and knowingly enters a restricted building without legal authority.
No information was available on where Gionet is being held or whether he has a lawyer.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Gionet streamed live in the Capitol for 27 minutes. He was heard encouraging other protesters not to leave and saying, “I’m staying,” “1776 baby,” and “I’m not leaving any boys, don’t worry.” He also went into several offices and took a selfie with officers who told the protesters to leave.
To date, law enforcement officers across the country have taken nearly 100 cases related to the Capitol takeover in federal and District Columbia Supreme Court.