Dr Simone Gold, the Beverly Hills doctor who gained notoriety when she advocated for hydroxychloroquine as treatment against COVID-19, has been detained in connection with the Capitol riots.
Gold, 55, was among three Los Angeles residents who were arrested on Monday for the insurrection that occurred in D.C. earlier in the month.
In addition to Gold, 52-year-old Gina Bisignano and 37-year-old John Strand also face charges in connection to the insurrection, the Daily Beast reports.
A criminal complaint for charges against Gold and Strand states that federal authorities were alerted of the pair’s attendance at the Capitol after the doctor did an interview with the Washington Post.
Simone Gold became easily identifiable after she staged a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court in July with America’s Frontline Doctors – a group she founded last year to speak out against the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus.
Gold’s video promoting hydroxychloroquine was taken down, but not before it was seen by millions of people.
She confirmed to The Washington Post that she is the person pictured carrying a bullhorn on the Capitol grounds, but said she thought the building was open, and intended to be there to make a speech.
Gold said she was worried that photos of her inside the Capitol would distract from her advocacy work with America’s Frontline Doctors.
‘I do regret being there,’ Gold said.
In video on social media, Gold is seen apparently making a speech during the riots. She told the paper it was the same speech she gave at a rally the day before the insurrection, where she referred to the coronavirus vaccine as an ‘experimental, biological agent deceptively named a vaccine.’
Trump exhorted thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol last Wednesday, prompting chaos in which crowds breached the building and forced the evacuation of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
Five people, including a police officer, died as a result of the rampage.
Officials have opened more than 170 subject files on individuals identified as persons who potentially committed crimes at the Capitol.