Actress Lucy Lawless has been sentenced to community service alongside six activists for her role in staging a demonstration aboard an oil ship docked in her native New Zealand.
The former Xena: Warrior Princess star was among a group of Greenpeace campaigners who climbed on the Noble Discoverer in Taranaki in February 2012 and chained themselves to the ship’s tower to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.
All seven of the group were arrested following the 77-hour protest and they were sentenced to 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay a total of $4,438 in reparation to the Port of Taranaki.
Speaking outside Taranaki District Court, Lawless said, “We are proud to have taken part in our attempt to stop Shell’s reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic.”
“Since we occupied the Noble Discoverer, it has become evident to everyone watching, from the millions who have signed Greenpeace petitions to the U.S. Government now examining Shell’s plans, that it can never be safe to drill in the Arctic.”
“Shell’s Arctic program has cost them billions and it’s now regarded as an eye-wateringly expensive failure. Let’s embrace clean energy – we’re going to have to anyway, so why not do it before they cause a major oil spill in the Arctic, and consign our grandchildren to an uncertain and dangerous world?”
“Xena: Warrior Princess” star Lucy Lawless has reportedly signed on to guest star on the upcoming season of “Parks and Recreation.” According to a new report from ew.com, she will appear in at least two episodes of the show as the new love interest of character Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).
She will reportedly play a single mother named Diane, who meets Swanson when she stops into the Parks Department with a complaint. According to ew.com her first episode will appear on October 4.
Offerman spoke on the possibility of a shake up in Ron’s love life with ew.com saying:
“We’re hoping to maybe see a new relationship develop for Ron,” he said. “One thing Ron’s never succeeded at is maintaining a happy romantic relationship for any length of time. Maybe we’ll get to explore that a little bit.”
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.”