Brighton actress attacked during 'crucifixion' of Jesus

Brighton actress attacked during 'crucifixion' of Jesus

Brighton actress attacked during 'crucifixion' of Jesus

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A beard-wearing woman was attacked as she crucified Jesus.

The crime of Passion took place as the woman played a priest during the open air retelling of the Easter story.

Jeanie Civil’s attacker ripped her beard from her face and punched her during a performance of The Passion of Christ in Brighton on Easter Sunday

He yelled “Shame on you!” before Mrs Civil’s fellow cast members, dressed as soldiers, held him back.

He was bundled into a police car.

About 1,000 people were watching Mrs Civil playing Joseph Caiaphas in the grounds of St Peter’s Church when the man jumped up and attacked.

Yesterday Mrs Civil said: “He was hooded. He leapt up and punched me.

“He then pulled my beard from my face. It really hurt and it was very shocking.”

Mrs Civil – a psychologist, psychotherapist and author – said she wondered if the man was an ardent Christian who disliked her character’s actions towards the saviour.

In the New Testament, Caiaphas was the Roman-appointed Jewish high priest who is said to have organised the plot to kill Jesus.

According to the Gospel, Caiaphas was the major antagonist of Jesus and was involved in the trial of Jesus.

Mrs Civil, who is in her 70s and from Ovingdean, said: “I was walking down the side.

“He jumped up and hit me. I had to stop him hitting me again.

“He might be an ardent Christian, or anti-Jewish

“If he has mental health problems then I really hope he gets support.”

She said she carried on acting but had to hold her beard to her face.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A man was arrested on suspicion of assault at around 4pm on Sunday.

“The assault took place during a performance outside St Peter’s Church in York Place, Brighton, on a female member of the cast.

“A 59-year-old Brighton man was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and has been bailed until May 1, pending further enquiries.”

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4:50pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Plunge says...

A beard wearing woman you say? She must be Welsh.
A beard wearing woman you say? She must be Welsh. Plunge
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5:11pm Wed 3 Apr 13

mickage says...

“If he has mental health problems then I really hope he gets support.”

Anyone who believes any religious nonsense of any kind requires mental health support.........
“If he has mental health problems then I really hope he gets support.” Anyone who believes any religious nonsense of any kind requires mental health support......... mickage
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5:16pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Andy R says...

Where else, but in Brighton.....?

Another headline for the collection.....
Where else, but in Brighton.....? Another headline for the collection..... Andy R
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Wed 3 Apr 13

fred clause says...

Bearded Woman were they doing the Life of Brian version?
Bearded Woman were they doing the Life of Brian version? fred clause
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6:01pm Wed 3 Apr 13

NickBtn says...

Yes, great headline

It looks like their performance was far too real for this member of the audience. Hope that Mrs Civil recovers from her uncivil attack
Yes, great headline It looks like their performance was far too real for this member of the audience. Hope that Mrs Civil recovers from her uncivil attack NickBtn
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6:35pm Wed 3 Apr 13

AmboGuy says...

Good to see religious tolerance in action! I'm sorry if he didn't like the play but all he had to do was walk away.
Good to see religious tolerance in action! I'm sorry if he didn't like the play but all he had to do was walk away. AmboGuy
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Dealing with idiots says...

Poor lady, I blame Monty Python
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=3n3LL338a
GA
Poor lady, I blame Monty Python http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3n3LL338a GA Dealing with idiots
  • Score: -1

6:57pm Wed 3 Apr 13

medianscore says...

Was he a People's Front of Judea member? Splitters!
Was he a People's Front of Judea member? Splitters! medianscore
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7:28pm Wed 3 Apr 13

mimseycal says...

medianscore wrote:
Was he a People's Front of Judea member? Splitters!
Nah ... he was just a very naughty boy!
[quote][p][bold]medianscore[/bold] wrote: Was he a People's Front of Judea member? Splitters![/p][/quote]Nah ... he was just a very naughty boy! mimseycal
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7:43pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Dealing with idiots says...

I'm sorry I thought we'd started. Are there any women here?
I'm sorry I thought we'd started. Are there any women here? Dealing with idiots
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Wed 3 Apr 13

PorkBoat says...

I love the headline on the boards outside the shops, sadly missing here. "BEARDED LADY ATTACKED AT CRUCIFICTION".
I love the headline on the boards outside the shops, sadly missing here. "BEARDED LADY ATTACKED AT CRUCIFICTION". PorkBoat
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2:53am Thu 4 Apr 13

JoeBlow says...

mickage wrote:
“If he has mental health problems then I really hope he gets support.”

Anyone who believes any religious nonsense of any kind requires mental health support.........
Yeah, and if you're lucky, you might be able to get treatment for your bigotry too.
[quote][p][bold]mickage[/bold] wrote: “If he has mental health problems then I really hope he gets support.” Anyone who believes any religious nonsense of any kind requires mental health support.........[/p][/quote]Yeah, and if you're lucky, you might be able to get treatment for your bigotry too. JoeBlow
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9:14am Thu 4 Apr 13

Bradley79 says...

"he might be an ardent christian or anti-jewish", or any group of people who correctly think that an elderly woman with a fake beard dressed as a bloke who pointlessly enact the fictional tale of the crucifixion of a heretic is a bit weird. Why not do a play on Osama Bin Laden next year to keep it a bit more topical and up to date, both allegedly were Middle Eastern religious agitators who died for their beliefs.
"he might be an ardent christian or anti-jewish", or any group of people who correctly think that an elderly woman with a fake beard dressed as a bloke who pointlessly enact the fictional tale of the crucifixion of a heretic is a bit weird. Why not do a play on Osama Bin Laden next year to keep it a bit more topical and up to date, both allegedly were Middle Eastern religious agitators who died for their beliefs. Bradley79
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9:46am Thu 4 Apr 13

ThinkBrighton says...

Just hanging around at easter?
Bearded lady at the royal pav, it should have been at the Dyke
Just hanging around at easter? Bearded lady at the royal pav, it should have been at the Dyke ThinkBrighton
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11:37am Thu 4 Apr 13

John Steed says...

only in brighton
only in brighton John Steed
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12:57pm Thu 4 Apr 13

hubby says...

Lucky it wasn't a play about Mohammed or Allah.

Welease Woger!
Lucky it wasn't a play about Mohammed or Allah. Welease Woger! hubby
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10:56am Fri 5 Apr 13

Dealing with idiots says...

Welease Weginand.
Welease Weginand. Dealing with idiots
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8:05pm Sat 6 Apr 13

ghost bus driver says...

No wodger, no woderwick Do we have anyone in our pwisons at all?
No wodger, no woderwick Do we have anyone in our pwisons at all? ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

9:51pm Sat 6 Apr 13

SmileyD says...

"Nobody is to punch anybody until I blow this whistle, even - and I wanna make this absolutely clear, even if they do say Jehovah...."
"Nobody is to punch anybody until I blow this whistle, even - and I wanna make this absolutely clear, even if they do say Jehovah...." SmileyD
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Dealing with idiots says...

Maybe the chap did not like the Halibut?
Maybe the chap did not like the Halibut? Dealing with idiots
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9:15am Mon 29 Apr 13

ThinkBrighton says...

THIS STORY IS OVER 4 WEEKS OLD.
I THOUGHT THE ARGUS WAS A 'NEWS' PAPER
THIS STORY IS OVER 4 WEEKS OLD. I THOUGHT THE ARGUS WAS A 'NEWS' PAPER ThinkBrighton
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10:38am Mon 29 Apr 13

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
THIS STORY IS OVER 4 WEEKS OLD.
I THOUGHT THE ARGUS WAS A 'NEWS' PAPER
Note it was published on April 3, approximately four weeks ago.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: THIS STORY IS OVER 4 WEEKS OLD. I THOUGHT THE ARGUS WAS A 'NEWS' PAPER[/p][/quote]Note it was published on April 3, approximately four weeks ago. Sarah Booker Lewis
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