I remember sitting in the audience for the recent touring production of Camelot, thumbing through my Playbill and realizing that James Barbour would be in the production.
It wasn't his terrific portrayal from Assassins as President William McKinley's killer Leon Czolgosz that sparked my recognition. No, it was something even more sinister.
Although I'm a big believer in innocent until proven guilty, I couldn't help but think of the indictment against him throughout the course of the performance and how bizarre it seemed that someone with those charges against him would be free to traverse the country.
Now, he's pleaded guilty to two lesser misdemeanor charges of sexually fondling a then-15 year old girl. But according to New York Post's Michael Riedel, that includes engaging her a la Bill Clinton. As part of the plea bargain, he won't be subject to sex offender laws, which means he can travel the country without any type of notification and he can work with minors.
Riedel points out that Barbour will still be moving forward with his lead role in the upcoming Broadway-bound Tale Of Two Cities musical:
On Feb. 29, Barbour, who was also in Beauty And the Beast" and Assassins, will be sentenced to two months in jail and three years' probation for endangering the welfare of a minor.Mothers, no doubt, might have a dickens of a time allowing their young daughters to see this show unescorted.
His stint in the clinker (with good behavior, he'll be out in 38 days) shouldn't interfere with the production schedule of A Tale Of Two Cities.
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