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Okoumou had been on Liberty Island with a group of protesters from Rise and Resist, which earlier in the day hung a large "Abolish ICE" banner from the pedestal of the statue.

With the dramatic scene unfolding on live television, she and the officers edged carefully around the rim of the statue's robes toward a ladder, and she climbed down about 8 metres to the monument's observation point and was taken into custody.

The National Park Service cleared the island of visitors as the drama unfolded.

Okoumou was part of a group called "Rise and Resist" who were protesting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behaviour with "Abolish ICE" banners at the statue.

Once there, Det. Brian Glacken engaged Therese Okoumou who had climbed the exterior of the structure and then sat down by one of the statue's feet around 4 p.m.

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Therese Patricia Okoumou leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York, on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Okoumo, a naturalized US citizen originally from the Republic of Congo, pled not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interference with government function.

Statue Cruises, which provides trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, turned away as many as 3,000 people because of the statue climber, company representative Rafael Abreu said.

President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Montana, called her a "clown".

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"Hopefully they know that there are people out there like Patricia ... trying to protect their civil liberties, which I would have faith that they treasure more than a trip to the Statue of Liberty", her lawyer, Rhiya Trivedi, said. "No children belong in a cage".

Okoumou, wearing a "White Supremacy Is Terrorism" shirt, spoke about her protest, saying "Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady that I care about so much, said when they go low, we go high".

The copper-pounded skin is only the thickness of two pennies but "it's strong", he said.

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman made the climb, Willis said. The replica "brought a new face to the iconic statue-a face which audiences found appeared more "fresh-faced, ' "sultry" and even 'sexier" than the original located in NY", the suit said.

If convicted, Okoumou, 44, would face up to six months behind bars on each count. "She's survived quite well".

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A quote on the statue welcomes immigrants, reading: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", and many believe Okoumou found that iconic structure as the ideal place to bring to the fore the plight of immigrant children being held away from their jailed parents.

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