Beverly Hills Anti-Vaxx Doctor Gets Prison for Role in Capitol Riot

The judge said Dr. Simone Gold hasn’t truly accepted responsibility for her part in the January 6 insurrection, and away she goes
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Dr. Simone Gold, a Beverly Hills medical doctor and outspoken voice in the anti-vaxx movement, was sentenced Thursday to two months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, according to the Associated Press. Gold was found guilty of trespassing and refusing to leave the U.S. Capitol building, where she gave speeches to the mob during the attack.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C. also sentenced Gold to one year of supervised release (a hybrid between parole and probation) after her short prison term is over. In addition, she must pay a $9,500 fine, plus $500 to the Capitol architect for damage the rioters inflicted on the building.

Gold said felt remorse about entering the Capitol during the riots and did not mean to take part in an event “so destructive to our nation.”

“It’s the opposite of who I am,” the doctor told Judge Cooper.

Shortly after the January 6 riots, Gold told the Washington Post, “I can certainly speak to the place that I was, and it most emphatically was not a riot. Where I was, was incredibly peaceful.”

Gold founded America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that disseminates questionable information about COVID. She has a wide reach, with 480,000 followers on Twitter, and has used her perch to condemn COVID lockdowns and promote unproven drugs as treatments such as hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus. Her group has made false claims against the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines, and has filed lawsuits against them—once attempting to block an expansion of the Emergency Use Authorization for a vaccine, and once filing a suit to stop a proof of vaccination mandate in New York City on the grounds that it was discriminatory against African-Americans.

Judge Cooper told Gold that it wasn’t her anti-vaxx stance that he considered durning sentencing, it was the fact that Gold was anything but a “casual bystander” that day.

“It is obvious from the video that we watched today that you were part of an angry and aggressive, I would say mob, crowd of people intent on getting past law enforcement and entering the East Rotunda through those doors,” he said. (Here’s Gold caught on camera in the Capitol on Jan. 6).

The judge called it “unseemly” that Gold’s organization, America’s Frontline Doctors, has used the Capitol riot as a reason to raise money—$430,000 for her legal expenses, plus money for Gold’s salary, reports the AP.

“Sitting here today, I don’t think you have truly accepted responsibility,” Judge Cooper told her, according to Medpage Today. “Your organization has used your notoriety to raise money to garner support for you in connection with the sentencing and for its general operations by mischaracterizing what this proceeding is all about… telling your supporters that this is a political prosecution of a law-abiding physician that’s designed to threaten and intimidate any American who dares to exercise their First Amendment rights.”

Gold pleaded guilty to entering and remaining in a restricted building, a misdemeanor.

“My reputation has been utterly shredded,” she said Thursday at the sentencing.

Gold moved from Southern California to Naples, FL after her arrest for her actions on Jan. 6. Over 800 people have been charged with federal crimes connected with the attack on the Capitol.


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