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James William Ross, Former Drag Star, Reportedly Arrested

Tyra Sanchez, Season 2

According to reports James William Ross IV was arrested Thursday in Atlanta. Ross is known to many as a drag performer, a persona that he has recently distanced himself from.

The Atlanta Police Department responded to a vandalism call at around 10:30 a.m. according to a TMZ report. The call was in regards to the words "Don't Move Here Ever" that were spraypainted on the side of a building. A witness reportedly saw Ross commit the act. Police then found and arrested Ross and booked him at Fulton County Jail. Ross has been charged with one count of criminal damage to property in the second degree.

TMZ claims that Ross has not paid rent in months. As we are in the middle of a global pandemic that has closed down various industries and seen massive unemployment, this could possibly make Ross one in a legion of people who are not able to pay rent.

In March, Ross retired from drag and in June, he asked to be disassociated with RuPaul's Drag Race, the show that brought him to national prominence. On the show, in addition to introducing the world to his performance ability, he spoke about being a father, which remains an important aspect of his life. 

"I want absolutely nothing to do with your toxic community," Ross wrote on Twitter at the time. "Stop tagging me in your posts, stop including me with your winners. Just forget me."

After distancing himself, Ross began to share theories on why RuPaul left social media. He reached out to Out to share posts of RuPaul wearing looks that incorporated the confederate flag — one from the set of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar — and another where Ru had darkened his skin and made himself into a minstrel figure.

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