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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 17, 2018

Statement Of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman On The Conviction Of Woman Who Unlawfully Climbed The Statue Of Liberty

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Therese Okoumou was convicted in federal court today for a dangerous stunt last July 4th that endangered herself and the NYPD and U.S. Park Police officers who rescued and apprehended her.  The act of climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty went well beyond peaceable protest, a right we certainly respect.  It was a crime that put people at grave risk.  We commend Judge Gorenstein’s decision to hold Therese Okoumou accountable for her dangerous and reckless conduct.”

Press Release Number: 
18-445
Updated December 17, 2018