Comedian Amy Schumer and model and actress Emily Ratajkowski were arrested on Thursday while protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
More than 300 protesters were taken into custody during a demonstration on Capital Hill in Washington D.C., CNN reports. U.S. Capitol Police confirmed in a statement obtained by The Hill that 293 people had been arrested for “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding at the Hart Senate Office Building,” while another nine individuals were taken into custody for “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding for protesting on the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.” According to the statement obtained by The Hill, those arrested were “processed on site and released.”
“At this time, we are unable to confirm the names of those arrested due to the large number being processed,” the statement read, according to The Hill.
In footage shared on social media, an officer can be seen approaching Schumer and asking, “Do you want to get arrested?” Schumer responds, “Yes.”
Ratajkowski addressed her arrest on Twitter, writing, “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.”
Schumer and Ratajkowski were among the many celebs who attended the #CANCELKAVANAUGH protest outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse earlier that day, USA Today reports. Schumer addressed the crowd at one point, with Ratajkowski standing at her side.
“Let’s stay together, let’s fight, let’s keep showing up,” she said.
Kavanaugh’s possible confirmation has been a source of polarizing debate in recent weeks. Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct; the first, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, recounted her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party during their teen years at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations since they first arose, and did so again during his testimony at last week’s hearing.
According to CNN, senators are currently reviewing the results of an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, and may vote as early as this weekend.
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