Cops responded to a 911 call around 7 a.m. on Sunday about a disturbance happening at the Ed Sullivan Theater. When they arrived at the scene, front doors were already shattered and trash bins were all over the lobby of the historic theater.
The commotion was caused by a Broadway actor named James (Jimmy) Whittemore, 22, from Harlem. Initial reports show that the young man was so drunk he kicked the front doors of the theater and went through the box-office and lobby of the Ed Sullivan theater where the David Letterman’s “Late Show” tapes. Fortunately, he was not able to reach the set and stage of the ‘Letterman’ show.
A Charlie Sheen fan, Whittemore was often found quoting the troubled actor on his Twitter. On April 9, he posted: “I have one gear. Go go go.”
Whittemore is a singer-actor and has appeared in theater shows such as the “Celebration of the Sixties” held at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, and in “We Got the Beat” in Springfield, Massachusetts. His roommate Charles McGowan says that Jimmy is not a bad person; “he’s the life of the party in a good way,” he adds.
According to a feature on the NY Daily News, Whittemore was charged with burglary and criminal mischief, causing $2000 worth of damages. He was brought to a hospital for a cut on his forehead that required stitching.
CBS and Worlwide Pants have released a joint statement with regards to the incident. “We were notified that NYPD apprehended an intruder who gained access and vandalized the lobby of the Ed Sullivan Theater this morning. The Late Show’s set was not accessed, however, and the show will be taping as usual tomorrow. We are grateful for the NYPD’s quick and effective response.”
CBS has been using the theater for the Letterman show since 1993.