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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Reportedly Appears In Newly Released U.S. Capitol Riot Footage


Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer is thought to appear in the below newly released surveillance footage from the riot that took place at U.S. Capitol Building riot last month on January 06th. Schaffer was previously seen on camera and security footage to be among those who breached the building during that incident.

Since then, the U.S. Department Of Justice went on to release this statement of facts in regards to Schaffer‘s participation in the riot, alleging he at one point used bear spray on Capitol Police officers.

He would later turn himself into the FBI in his native Indiana on January 17th and is said to remain in custody while awaiting to face charges in Washington, DC. Those charges include:

  • 1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • 2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
  • 3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
  • 4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
  • 5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
  • 6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

In newly shared footage by CNN (see it below), a man thought to be Schaffer can be seen breaching the Capitol Building. The individual wearing a blue hoodie, fingerless gloves, an ‘Oath Keepers’ hat (who have denied he is a member) and vest is thought to be Schaffer and can be seen roughly a minute and fourteen seconds in. Notably King 810 frontman David Gunn also appears in the below video report as well, though, he was filmed outside of the building, having claimed he was there to film a music video.

Since word of Schaffer‘s involvement in the riots spread, Iced Earth have seemingly disintegrated, with the band’s frontman Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton both announcing their resignation earlier today, February 15th. Guitarist Jake Dreyer has also confirmed to TMZ that he is no longer focusing on Iced Earth. The band also appear to have been scrubbed from the Century Media roster.

Schaffer‘s Demons & Wizards project have also met a similar fate. Schaffer‘s bandmate in that venture, Hansi Kürsch, quit the group earlier this month.

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