Actor in ‘Anchorman’ film admits to participating in Jan. 6 riots

Jay Johnston’s Involvement in U.S. Capitol Riots

Jay Johnston Admits Role in U.S. Capitol Riots

Jay Johnston at U.S. Capitol Riots

Actor Jay Johnston, known for his roles in comedies like “Anchorman” and “Bob’s Burgers,” confessed to participating in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Guilty Plea and Legal Consequences

Jay James Johnston, aged 55 and residing in Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of civil disorder, as confirmed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is facing up to five years in prison with sentencing scheduled for Oct. 7.

Involvement in the Riot

Johnston was part of the crowd of Donald Trump supporters who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally and later marched on the Capitol to disrupt Joe Biden’s electoral win certification.

Surveillance footage showed Johnston engaging in skirmishes with police at the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol, where rioters attempted to breach the police line and enter Congress.

Riot Activities

Court documents revealed that Johnston encouraged rioters to approach the entrance, distributed a water bottle, and handed a stolen police shield to other participants. He joined in pushing against police officers in a coordinated assault.

Despite initially leaving the scene, Johnston returned to continue pushing against law enforcement, following chants of “Heave! Ho!” from the rioters.

Repercussions and Fallout

Following the Capitol riot, Johnston was reportedly banned from “Bob’s Burgers,” where he voiced a character, due to his involvement in the events.

Personal Account

One of Johnston’s associates shared a text message where Johnston described the day as chaotic and expressed discomfort with the use of force by authorities.

Adam Klasfeld contributed to this report.

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