Lucy Lawless is in trouble with the law. The actress and a handful of Greenpeace activists have been arrested for causing trouble for the environment’s sake in New Zealand.
Lucy Lawless has been arrested in New Zealand after spending four days aboard a docked oil-drilling ship in a fight against global warming. The Xena: Warrior Princess actress and six Greenpeace activists have been removed from the vessel and charged with burglary.
Lucy Lawless’ protest began Friday when the native New Zealander climbed atop a tower on the ship Noble Discoverer. The vessel was originally scheduled to sail toward the Arctic over the weekend.
“I’ve got three kids,” the 43-year-old said during a phone interview from high atop the ship’s 174-foot tower over the weekend. “My sole biological reason for being on this planet is to ensure that they can flourish, and they can’t do that in a filthy, degraded environment. We need to stand up while we still can.”
Before her arrest the actress sent out the following messages via Twitter:
- “Anticipating imminent arrest so doing final cleanup of camp #savethearctic. Will be disappointed if we have to leave but will go peacefully.”
- “We stand in solidarity with all who love the earth — let’s #SaveTheArctic from @shell!”