The woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July and sat underneath the sandal of Lady Liberty for hours is speaking out.
Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo currently living and working in Staten Island as a trainer spoke to the press after her release from federal custody on Thursday.
Although she received much scorn for causing a disruption during her high flying protest, Okoumou was not contrite.
“Michelle Obama — our beloved First Lady that I care so much about — said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could,” the climber said outside of the Manhattan courthouse where she appeared earlier the day on multiple charges, drawing cheers from her supporters.
The protester was charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions for what the U.S. attorney called a “dangerous stunt.”
“As alleged in the information, the defendant staged a dangerous stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the NYPD officers who responded to the scene. While we must and do respect the rights of the people to peaceable protest, that right does not extend to breaking the law in ways that put others at risk,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said, according to ABC.
She was released on her own recognizance after she posted bail.
Watch her dramatic climb and capture here.
Watch above, via Kiro-7.
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