Who said "et tu Brute?" in Julius Caesar?

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The line "et tu Brute" is said by Julius Caesar himself. The rest of the line is "Then fall, Caesar." The line appears in Act III, scene i. After persuading Caesar to ignore the ominous dreams of his wife, Calphurnia, the conspirators accompany Caesar to the Capital. They use the pretense of a petition to draw close to Caesar without suspicion, asking Caesar to pardon Publius Cimber, the banished brother of conspirator Metellus Cimber. Kneeing, the members of the conspiracy beg Publius's pardon. Caesar's response is what they expect - Caesar, as constant as the sun cannot do as they request. From their kneeling positions, they each stab Caesar. Brutus's, who is a dear friend and confidante of Caesar, wound hurts Caesar the most, causing him to exclaim, "et tu, Brute," or "And you, Brutus?" Thus falls Caesar.