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

(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."

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)
In this photo provided by Greenpeace, Lucy Lawless, fourth from left, and five Greenpeace activists speak to the media outside the central police station in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Feb. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Nigel Marple)
In this photo released by Greenpeace, actress Lucy Lawless and five Greenpeace activists are arrested by police atop the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki, New Zealand, on Feb. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Nigel Marple)
In this photo provided by Greenpeace, actress Lucy Lawless, left, joins activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Nigel Marple)
Actress Lucy Lawless, not in protest mode.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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