Xena Actress Arrested After 3 Days on Oil Ship

Lucy Lawless, five other Greenpeace activists busted in New Zealand
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 8:25 AM CST
In this photo provided by Greenpeace, Lucy Lawless, center, and two Greenpeace activists leave the police station in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Feb. 27, 2012, after their release on bail.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Nigel Marple)
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(Newser) – Lucy Lawless was arrested today in New Zealand along with five other Greenpeace members, three days after they boarded an oil-drilling ship that had been contracted by Shell. Lawless, aka Xena: Warrior Princess, occupied the vessel to protest its plan to do exploratory drilling off Alaska. "This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun," she said in a statement.

Police climbed a 175-foot drilling derrick in order to arrest the activists, who climbed down without incident and did not try to resist arrest. They have been charged with burglary, according to Greenpeace. Lawless, who became a Greenpeace ambassador in 2009, told AFP last week that the possibility of being arrested was "the least of my concerns. I'm a true believer. We need to start switching over to renewable energy now, we don't have to go to the ends of the earth to suck out every last drop of oil."

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