Lawyer: A ‘Partisan’ Audience Provoked Man Who Disrupted ‘Hamilton’ In Chicago

People wait in line outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre in hopes of buying tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical, "Hamilton," Friday, July 8, 2016, in New York. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his final perf... People wait in line outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre in hopes of buying tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical, "Hamilton," Friday, July 8, 2016, in New York. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his final performance on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) MORE LESS
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CHICAGO (AP) — The lawyer for a man charged with disrupting a Chicago performance of the musical “Hamilton” blamed the incident on a “hostile” and “partisan” audience.

Attorney Jonathan Feldman says 56-year-old John Palmer was not intoxicated Saturday night as witnesses described him. Witnesses also said Palmer yelled obscenities at the people around him and at the actors on stage after they sang the line, “Immigrants / We get the job done.”

Chicago police say Palmer of Chicago is charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass in the incident.

Feldman said Monday that Palmer was incited by an audience that was clearly against President-elect Donald Trump, whom Palmer supports. He said the “biased audience” seemed whipped up by comments made by the cast of the Broadway production last week to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

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