‘Bearded Woman Attacked At Crucifixion’ may sound like a bogus, but this incredible headline comes from a rather bizarre story in the Brighton Argus:
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.
We hope Mrs. Civil has recovered from the assault.
Full story here. Photograph Damian Barr.
With thanks to Ben Marlowe