The son of prominent right-wing activist Leo Brent Bozell III has been charged with federal offenses for his alleged involvement in the U.S. Capitol riots – after his father spoke out against the insurgency.
Leo Brent Bozell IV, a former women’s basketball coach at Hershey Christian Academy in Pennsylvania, has been charged with obstructing formal process, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a recently unsealed affidavit.
The documents include images claiming to show Bozell IV, 41, wearing a dark blue Hershey Christian Academy sweatshirt and a scarf with an American flag around his neck, inside the Capitol on January 6 , including on the floor of the United States Senate.
Leo Brent Bozell IV, (right), the son of an influential conservative media figure, has been charged with obstructing official proceedings, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct resulting from his alleged involvement in the riots from the US Capitol
Bozell IV (pictured left inside the Capitol) is the son of Leo Brent Bozell III, founder of the Right Media Research Center and Parents Television Council.
At one point, Bozell reportedly walked into the Senate gallery and “moved a camera so that the camera was pointed at the balcony floor.” This was done as protesters began to enter the lower level of the US Senate. When pointing the camera at the ground, the camera was unable to record protesters entering the lower level of the US Senate Chamber.
The FBI was made aware of Bozell’s alleged involvement in the riots by three witnesses who saw video footage and screenshots of the basketball coach in his sweatshirt inside the Capitol on on social media and on television, and acknowledged it in previous interactions.
Video was recorded by The New Yorker and showed Bozell standing on the balcony of the US Senate next to a group of people chanting “Betrayal!” Then jump over a railing.
A witness revealed to the FBI that until last March, Bozell worked as a women’s basketball coach at Hershey School in Pa., Where he was known as “Coach Zeeker.” Her own children are students at school.
The FBI was made aware of Bozell IV’s alleged role during the riot by three witnesses who recognized him from video footage (circled in blue)
This screenshot which is included in an affidavit shows what appears to be Bozell on the balcony of the US Senate
Bozell (in a baseball cap with sunglasses) is shown moving a camera so that it is pointing towards the floor of the balcony area
Bozell has stopped training because the team could no longer train or play games during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the affidavit.
The witness shared a photo he found showing Bozell posing with a trophy with some of the players from last season.
In January, as rumors began to circulate about Bozell’s alleged involvement in the riot, the Hershey Christian Academy issued a statement, claiming that the school “does not engage in political activities and has no political opinion of its own, nor does the Hershey Christian Academy express any opinion on the political beliefs of others.
Bozell’s father, Leon Brent Bozell III, 65, is the founder of the Conservative Media Research Center, which bills itself as “America’s premier media watchdog” whose mission is “to expose and to neutralize the propaganda arm of the left: the national news media. ‘
Several people have told the FBI that until last March, Bozell was a women’s basketball coach at Hershey Christian Academy in Pa. (Photo with a player)
The organization operates the left-wing smear website NewsBusters, whose slogan is: “Exposing and combating the prejudices of the liberal media”.
Bozell III’s media businesses also include the Parents Television Council, which works “to promote and restore accountability and decency in the entertainment industry,” according to its website, and CNSNews.com, which it launched in 1998. under the name of Conservative News Service.
On the day of the deadly attack on the United States Capitol, Elder Bozell, once a fierce critic of President Donald Trump who later became a staunch supporter, took to Fox Business and unequivocally condemned the rioters, reported Huffington Post.
“You can never accept that the police are attacked. You cannot accept that our National Capitol is being violated like this. I think that’s absolutely wrong, ”Bozell III said live on air.
Bozell III, pictured with Fox News features Sean Hannity, condemned the rioters on Capitol Hill during an interview on Fox Business on January 6
Bozell III’s father was radical Catholic activist Leo Brent Bozell Jr (left), pictured above with conservative thinker William F Buckley (right)
Bozell III is the son of Leo Brent Bozell Jr, the late conservative anti-abortion activist and Roman Catholic writer who wrote speeches for Republicans Joseph McCarthy and Barry Goldwater in the 1950s and 1960s, and founded the radical Catholic newspaper Triumph .
According to his obituary published by The Associated Press in 1997, one of the many books Bozell wrote was McCarthy and His Enemies, a collaboration with his brother-in-law, William F. Buckley Jr, the founder of National Review magazine, who credited with starting the conservative movement in the 20th century.
A hot Catholic, Bozell Jr was arrested once for breaking into an abortion clinic to disrupt pregnancy termination procedures.