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A struggling actor on Sunday destroyed the lobby of the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Late Show with David Letterman tapes, according to New York Police.
James Whittemore, who had Broadway aspirations, according to the New York Post, was caught on camera kicking through the glass-panel doors and then using a velvet-rope stanchion to damage the box office.
He had reportedly been drinking several blocks away when he wandered over the studio and fell asleep on the sidewalk at 5:30 a.m. When he woke up around 7 a.m., he noticed his cell phone had been swiped and that’s when he lost his temper.
“The inside looked like it was a drunken bar brawl,” a law-enforcement source told the Post.
Letterman will tape as usual Monday, CBS and Worldwide Pants said in a statement.
Whittemore has appeared in musical reviews in Atlantic City and Niagara Falls. He’s currently working as a bartender.
He was charged with burglary and criminal mischief. The Post says he laughed after his arraignment hearing, and was overheard saying: “[The media] are waiting for me. They know what I did, I’m known.”
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