Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert issued an apology after she and a male companion were escorted out of a Denver theater's production of the "Beetlejuice" musical for causing a disturbance on Sunday.
The apology came a day after surveillance video emerged that showed Boebert vaping at her seat in the theater. Her campaign earlier denied the theater’s contention that she had been vaping. The disturbance involved laughing, singing, recording and vaping, according to a report released earlier this week.
In a Friday evening Facebook post, Boebert acknowledged the "unwanted attention" she received following her appearance at the venue and insisted that her words and actions that night had not been meant to be "malicious" or to "cause harm."
"The past few days have been difficult and humbling, and I'm truly sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver has brought to the community," Boebert wrote. "While none of my actions or words as a private citizen that night were intended to be malicious or meant to cause harm, the reality is they did and I regret that."
"There's no perfect blueprint for going through a public and difficult divorce, which over the past few months has made for a challenging personal time for me and my entire family. I've tried to handle it with strength and grace as best I can, but I simply fell short of my values on Sunday. That's unacceptable and I'm sorry," she continued.
The Republican lawmaker also said she "genuinely" did not recall vaping during the performance.
"Whether it was the excitement of seeing a much-anticipated production or the natural anxiety of being in a new environment, I genuinely did not recall vaping that evening when I discussed the night's events with my campaign team while confirming my enthusiasm for the musical," she added. "Regardless of my belief, it's clear now that was not accurate; it was not my or my campaign's intention to mislead, but we do understand the nature of how this looks. We know we will have to work to earn your trust back and it may not happen overnight, but we will do it."
Offering appreciation for those who had supported her in recent days, Boebert, who represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, said she had "learned some humbling lessons these past few days" and vowed to move forward while making her constituents "proud."
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