The FBI searched a Hollywood actor’s house this week after he reportedly took part in the January 6 Capitol riot. He has played in the TV version of Lethal Weapon, as well as the programs S.W.A.T. and NCIS: Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times said that 20 agents dressed in tactical gear invaded Siaka Massaquoi’s residence in North Hollywood shortly before 6 a.m. on Friday.
Brian Burks, 42, is listed at the same location in public records. Burks did not respond to a request for comment, but his ex-wife, Luvelle Mendoza, verified that he was arrested by federal agents for a short time.
When Burks’ house was searched, Mendoza stated their two boys, ages 3 and 7, were present.
“My heart breaks,” Mendoza said Saturday. “They had to see the big guns and I just think, I wasn’t there to console them.”
According to the law enforcement source, the raid was carried out because of the two men’s connections on “a social media app.”
There were no more details about the raid disclosed, and it was unclear whether Massaquoi was detained and then freed.
Burks contacted Mendoza about 6 a.m. the day of the raid to say he needed to drop the kids off, according to Mendoza.
“I knew that something bad had to happen for him to just abruptly call me,” she said. “I support him in doing what he believes in. I don’t agree with everything … I just don’t want my kids to be in the crossfire.”
“I did nothing wrong on the 6th… did nothing violent,” Massaquoi stated in an Instagram video shot after the raid on his account at chiefamericano.
He was seen inside the Capitol building in videos released on social media on Jan. 6.
In the Instagram video, Massaquoi, who was seen with an unnamed buddy, says of supporters of former President Trump, “a lot of us are enthusiastic.” “If you want to keep them in there, run for school board so you can control what happens,” he said.
Many Trump supporters have shifted their focus to local political campaigns after January 6.
According to IMDb, Massaquoi, an actor who has appeared in minor roles on series such as Fox’s “Lethal Weapon,” also videotaped himself during a late-January anti-vaccine rally at Dodger Stadium. As a precaution, authorities shut down the immunization location.
He swung his camera to a line of cars outside the stadium, stating the gates had been blocked because police were “afraid that us here who are protesting will come and attack,” referring to the assault of the United States Capitol. “This sign tested positive for COVID-19,” a woman near him wrote on a poster.
He chatted with Nick Yaya, an actor and presenter of “The Free America Podcast,” which, according to its website, “a show that was created to destroy the lies and disinformation perpetuated by the Mainstream Media.”
“Essentially, what they’re doing right now is a big experiment with people,” Yaya said on his podcast, referring to vaccination politics.
Massaquoi also indicated support for a recall movement against Gov. Gavin Newsom on his Instagram account. He urged local companies to “take back California” and open on January 1 in a video released in late December. Data and research did not justify “tyrannical lockdowns,” according to a written post that accompanied the video.
Yaya also stated that the demonstrators were not there to prevent vaccinations, but rather to inform people who were waiting that the jabs are “potentially deadly.”