Brent Bozell’s son, a Tory commentator, has been charged in connection with the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol after being identified wearing a Christian high school sweatshirt where he once worked as a basketball coach for girls, according to court records.
Leo Brent Bozell IV – whose father is called Leo Brent Bozell III – is accused of entering a restricted government building, obstructing formal process and disorderly conduct, according to a complaint filed Tuesday before the Washington District Federal Court.
The court documents include several screenshots of young Mr Bozell in various locations inside the Senate Chamber, where he lingered, without a mask, for about ten minutes. He is seen chatting on his phone and at one point appears to be repositioning a C-SPAN camera in the upper gallery of the bedroom.
Mr Bozell’s father is a high-level right-wing activist known for infusing Christian values into his politics. He founded the Parents Television Council in 1995 to protect young people from what he saw as the morally degrading effect of popular culture.
While he expressed sympathy for the frustrations expressed by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump, the elder Mr Bozell criticized the attack on Capitol Hill in no uncertain terms.
“One element has gone forward in anarchy and it has done enormous damage to everyone,” he told Fox News. “I think this is absolutely wrong.”
Birth records, retrieved from Ancestry.com, show that the youngest Mr. Bozell was born in 1979 to Brent Bozell and Norma Petruccione, who has been identified as Mr. Bozell’s wife in newspapers over the years.
Messages left with Elder Mr. Bozell were not immediately returned. Court documents did not provide information about the legal representation of young Mr Bozell.
A witness who watched the video of the riot was able to identify the young Mr. Bozell, nicknamed “Zeek” or “Zeeker”, after noticing that he was wearing a blue sweatshirt emblazoned with “Hershey Christian Academy”, a small parish church. school located near Harrisburg, Pa., according to the complaint.
“Bozell stopped being the girls’ basketball coach in March 2020 because the team could no longer train or play games due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the witness told a FBI agent.