An employee at the New York court where former President Donald Trump’s civil trial is taking place was arrested Wednesday for disrupting proceedings, according to reports.
The woman reportedly stood up in the middle of testimony and approached a court officer at the edge of the divider separating where Trump was sitting and the public gallery, according to CNN.
The woman retreated after a court officer told her to return to her seat. Moments later she was escorted out and arrested.
The woman “disrupted the proceedings by standing up and walking towards the front of the courtroom and yelling out to Mr. Trump, indicating she wanted to assist him,” according to a statement from court spokesperson Lucian Chalfen.
Outside the courtroom, the woman was heard telling officers: “You’re scaring me, and I have a right to be here. I’m an American citizen, and I’m also a court employee. I’m also just here to support Donald Trump.”
The woman was arrested and charged with contempt of court and disrupting a court proceeding. She was also placed on immediate administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident.