Comedian Amy Schumer and model-actress Emily Ratajkowski were among those arrested Thursday in protests over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Several hundred people turned up at the Hart and Dirksen Senate Office Buildings to challenge Kavanaugh’s nomination after three women accused him of various forms of sexual misconduct. Schumer and Ratajkowski were among them.
Capitol Police said they arrested 302 people during the demonstrations. Video from the scene shows the two actresses being detained after an officer asks if they want to be arrested. Additional footage shows the two waiting to be processed near a wall with officers.
Ratajkowski shared a photo of herself at the protest holding a sign that read, "Respect female existence or expect our resistance."
"Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault," Emily wrote on her Instagram account. "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."
Holding a "We Believe Anita Hill" sign, Schumer said "I think we’re going to get arrested," in a video to a protester’s daughter on Twitter. Thirty minutes later, a police officer asked Schumer, "Do you want to be arrested?"
"Yes," she replied.
Earlier in the day, Schumer spoke to protesters alongside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ratajkowski. "That’s what we’re going to do: We’re going to keep showing up and no matter how this goes, they cannot keep us down," Schumer told the crowd. "We will win. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying ‘Women don’t matter.’ Let’s stay together. Let’s fight. Let’s keep showing up."
Schumer and Ratajkowski appeared together in the 2018 comedy I Feel Pretty.