Lucy Lawless Charged After Arrest: Staging a Protest Onboard an Oil Ship

Actress Lucy Lawless has been charged with burglary and released from police custody after she was arrested for staging a protest onboard an oil ship docked in her native New Zealand.

The former Xena: Warrior Princess star was among a group of Greenpeace campaigners who climbed aboard the vessel in Taranaki on February 24th and chained themselves to the ship’s tower to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

They spent four days onboard before they were removed by police today and subsequently arrested.

Lawless and her fellow protesters were charged with burglary and bailed to appear at New Plymouth District Court March 1st.

In posts on Twitter prior to her arrest, the actress wrote, “We stand in solidarity with all who love the earth – let’s Save the Arctic from Shell!… Seven of us came up the tower on Shell’s drillship but 4 days later 130,000 will come down. In solidarity we can Save The Arctic.”