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Woman Throws "Shoe" At Hillary Clinton During Las Vegas Speech

"Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?"

Posted on April 11, 2014, at 4:40 a.m. ET

Updated — 5:05 p.m. ET

A woman threw what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday.


The incident happened not long after the former U.S. secretary of state took to the stage at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino.

The 66-year-old managed to duck the object and initially asked if it had been a bat.

After realising something had been thrown as her, Clinton jokingly asked if it was "part of Cirque du Soleil" — the acrobatic show based in Vegas.

Security officials later ushered the woman who said she threw the shoe out of the event.

She was then arrested, but it remains unclear why she targeted the former first lady.

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Las Vegas police said the shoe-thrower is Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, of Phoenix.

Ernst was charged with disorderly conduct, The Daily News reported.

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