The actress and model Emily Ratajkowski has been arrested while protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.

Thousands of protesters turned up at the US Senate building to challenge Kavanaugh's nomination after three women accused him of various forms of sexual misconduct. Capitol Police said they arrested 302 people during the demonstration, CNN reports.

The Gone Girl star tweeted a photograph of herself in front of the Supreme Court holding a sign that said: "Respect female existence or expect our resistance".

She wrote: "Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power."

Comedian, actress and writer Amy Schumer, who stars alongside Ratajkowski in I Feel Pretty, was also at the protest where she spoke on stage and was also detained.

Director Michael Moore tweeted a picture of himself with Schumer and said he was "so proud" of her for taking part of the protest and "being detained by the Capitol Police".

Schumer was photographed raising her fist in the air as she appeared to be led away from the protest by a police officer.

Amy Schumer photographed after being detained by police

She previously wrote on Twitter: "We #BelieveSurvivors and refuse to accept Brett Kavanaugh as our next Supreme Court Justice. Join us in making our voices heard Friday at noon local time.

The protest took place after senators were given a report by the FBI which investigated the allegations made against Kavanaugh and which Republicans have said proves there was no wrongdoing.

Republicans are aiming to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court this weekend.