Amy Schumer was among almost 300 individuals arrested at a protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington D.C. on Thursday.
Capitol police said 293 protestors were arrested in the protest at the Hart Senate Office Building atrium, and nine were arrested in a demonstration at the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. All were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding — a misdemeanor.
Actress Emily Ratajkowski also said on Instagram that she was arrested at the protest.
“Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault,” Ratajkowski wrote on Instagram. “Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is a message to women in this country that they do not matter. I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men.”
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Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is a message to women in this country that they do not matter. I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men.
In videos posted to social media, police officers can be seen taking protesters one-by-one out of the main atrium, where the bulk of the protest was taking place. One Twitter user posted a video shortly before reports emerged of Schumer being arrested of the actress telling the camera, “I think we’re going to get arrested.”
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Several photos emerged where Schumer and Ratjakowski could be seen in a line being escorted by police officers, along with many other protesters.
Thousands attended the event on Thursday to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination following an FBI investigation on the sexual assault allegation levied against him by Christine Blasey Ford. The protesters first gathered just after noon outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, where Kavanaugh currently works, before moving to the Hart Senate Office.
“No matter how this goes, they cannot keep us down,” Schumer said earlier at the protest. “We will win. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying women don’t matter.”
Among those arrested was Janet Redman of Washington D.C. She said the demonstrators were processed in a park outside the Russell Senate Office Building.
“We had folks who were in line today getting arrested who saw Roe v. Wade happen,” she said. “So we had people who knew what it was like when we didn’t have choice over our own bodies. And people who have grown up where they had choice. So we had people across generations who realize this is a scary time for democracy and a scary time for women, women of color in particular.”
Redman, who said she is a sexual assault survivor, said it “was so upsetting to watch Dr. Ford’s testimony and then watch the way that Kavanaugh disregarded truth.”
She said those arrested were being cited and can pay a $50 ticket to have charged dropped. She said Schumer was among those arrested and was still being processed.
Variety has reached out to Schumer’s rep for more information.