On Independence Day in 2018, Therese Okoumou scaled the Statue of Liberty in protest against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Monday, she was found guilty of every charge brought against her.
Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty to send a message against the ICE during the peak of the family separation outrage this past summer.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 4, 2018
Because of her stunt, police officers had to evacuate the island during the busy holiday in order to remove Okoumou without injuring her or Lady Liberty.
Although she may have gotten her 30 seconds of fame, she could also get 18 months in prison for her actions. According to the New York Post, Okoumou was found guilty of trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with government functions.
Her attorney, Michael Avenatti (of Stormy Daniels’ fame) wasn’t happy with the verdict. He told reporters:
“The verdict today was not surprising in light of the letter of the law but sometimes you have to stand on principle. The Trump administration’s draconian policies of separating children from parents, stripping children from mothers, has no place in any civilized society on earth, never mind on any American soil.”
Okoumou, as expected, made a political statement during her court hearing. This time, she wore a dress that said, “seeking asylum is not a crime.”
This isn’t the first courtroom outfit Okoumou has sported that made a jab at the Trump administration. As IJR previously reported, she mocked Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care, do you?” dress, sporting one that read, “I really care, why won’t u?”
— New York Post (@nypost) December 17, 2018
As IJR previously reported, Okoumou has a history of being arrested for her political protests. Although she was found guilty of three misdemeanors, she has yet to be sentenced. She faces up to 18 months in prison, but her defense will argue for time-served during her sentencing date on March 5.