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Monday 18 November 2019

Comedian Amy Schumer among hundreds arrested during protest over Kavanaugh nomination

Actress Emily Ratajkowski was also arrested at the rally in Washington DC

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., with actress and comedian Amy Schumer, right, and actress model Emily Ratajkowski, center, speaks at a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., with actress and comedian Amy Schumer, right, and actress model Emily Ratajkowski, center, speaks at a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather at Hart Senate Office Building atrium on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sit in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Amy Schumer poses at the premiere of "I Feel Pretty" in Los Angeles, California, US, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Emily Ratajkowski was arrested at the protest (Ian West/PA)

Laura Harding

Comedian Amy Schumer was arrested while protesting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in Washington DC.

Actress Emily Ratajkowski was also detained. She shared a photograph of herself in front of the US Capitol brandishing a sign reading “Respect female existence or expect our resistance”.

She wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Amy Schumer was also at the protest, where she spoke on stage and was also reportedly detained.

Schumer recorded a message for a fan, shared on Twitter, in which she can be heard saying: “Hi Zola, I’m here with your mom, she loves you very much.

“I think we’re going to get arrested and we’re so proud of you.”

Another video shows Schumer being asked by police: “Do you want to be arrested?” and her replying: “Yes.”

Schumer previously wrote on Twitter: “We #BelieveSurvivors and refuse to accept Brett Kavanaugh as our next Supreme Court Justice. Join us in making our voices heard Friday at noon local time. Find or host an event near you: https://www.cancelkavanaugh.com/.”

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee heard emotional testimony from Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused has Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

He has also been accused by other women and denied all allegations.

The protest in the US capital city took place after senators were given a report by the FBI which investigated the allegations made against Kavanagh and which Republicans have said proves there was no wrongdoing.

The vote to confirm the controversial judge to the lifetime appointment will take place on Saturday.

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