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A woman who was spectating at the civil fraud trial against former president Donal Trump was arrested after allegedly trying to approach him during the proceeding. According to reports, the woman stood up during a testimony on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and walked toward the front of the courtroom where Trump was sitting.

According to the court, the woman told officers she was there to support the former president, and when asked after the proceeding, Trump was unaware of the situation.

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The woman, who was identified as a court employee, was escorted out of the courtroom after the incident and arrested for second-degree contempt of court, according to Lucian Chalfen, a spokesperson for the court.

Chalfen told reporters that the woman tried yelling to Trump, saying she wanted to help him. According to reports, journalists inside the courtroom said they did not hear the woman raise her voice.

The woman was later caught on an NBC camera talking to court officers.

“You’re scaring me, and I have a right to be here.” the woman said. “I’m an American citizen, and I’m also a court employee. I’m also just here to support Donald Trump.”

According to Chalfen, the woman, who’s name has not been released, was put on administrative leave and barred from state courts while the investigation is ongoing.

The brief interruption wasn’t the only abnormal moment in the trial, as state attorney Kevin Wallace requested Judge Arthur Engoron to ask the defense to “stop commenting during the witness’ testimony.” 

The request came after Trump was seen throwing his hands up in apparent frustration while a state witness testified about their interactions with an executive of the Trump organization.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, marked the second day this week that Trump attended his trial. He is accused of inflating the value of his organization to get loans and policies with more favorable rates than his company was entitled.

Trump denies all wrongdoing and told reporters that New York Attorney General Letitia James should be arrested. James pointed to the evidence laid out in the courtroom when reporters asked her about Trump’s comments.

“…the evidence is clear,” James said. “And that is that he has inflated his statements of financial interests to enrich himself and his family. And nothing will change that. Not the attacks on me or anyone.”

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AN ARREST WAS MADE DURING THE CIVIL FRAUD TRIAL OF FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN NEW YORK WEDNESDAY.

A WOMAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER TRYING TO APPROACH THE FORMER PRESIDENT – WHO WAS ATTENDING THE TRIAL FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK.

SHE WAS QUOTED AS SAYING “I WANT TO SPEAK TO MR. TRUMP.”

A COURT OFFICER TOLD HER TO SIT BACK DOWN  – THEN MOMENTS LATER SHE WAS ESCORTED OUT OF THE COURTROOM BY SEVERAL OFFICERS.

THE WOMAN — LATER IDENTIFIED AS A “COURT EMPLOYEE” — WAS ARRESTED ON A CONTEMPT CHARGE FOR DISRUPTING A COURT PROCEEDING.

A COURT SPOKESPERSON SAID THE WOMAN HAS BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AND IS BARRED FROM ENTERING STATE COURTS DURING THE INVESTIGATION.

WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ARREST – TRUMP — SAID HE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE INCIDENT AS IT HAPPENED BEHIND HIM IN THE COURTROOM.

THE FORMER PRESIDENT AND HIS COMPANY ARE BEING ACCUSED BY THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL OF OVERVALUING HIS ASSETS TO BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES.

TRUMP HAS DENIED ANY WRONGDOING.