Greenpeace: "Xena" actress arrested after protest on drilling ship
Lucy Lawless aboard the Noble Discoverer last week.
February 27th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Greenpeace: "Xena" actress arrested after protest on drilling ship

Actress Lucy Lawless, famous for starring in the television show "Xena: Warrior Princess," was arrested along with six other Greenpeace activists early Monday for boarding a drilling ship last week in New Zealand, according to Greenpeace. She and the others who were aboard the ship without permission were released shortly after their arrest, the activist organization said. spoke with Lawless on Friday while she was having a restless night on the Noble Discoverer, a ship leased to Shell Oil. The ship was docked in the Port of Taranaki when the actress and other activists, on behalf of Greenpeace, made it on board to protest drilling in the Arctic.

The group was able to display signs on the Discoverer's 174-foot drilling tower. One sign said "Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic."

Lawless told CNN on Friday that she expected to be arrested for the stunt but that she and the others intended to remain on the ship for as long as possible. She stressed that exchanges between them and authorities had been peaceful.

"We feel very much that what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic anymore," Lawless said. "An oil spill can never be cleaned up because of the remoteness and the freezing temperatures. We risk trashing whole ecosystems and poisoning them from plankton on up. It's absolutely unthinkable."

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  1. 123george

    I would love to see her try this in Russia when Gazprom or Lukoil drills in the Arctic.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Sherwood

      Fond of fascist states are we ?

      February 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      In Soviet Russia, Big Oil drills YOU!

      February 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cnnshouldcheckusgs

    should have shot the pirates.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dinak

    Why didn't she show up to protest in Brazil when Obama was there promoting his giving them billions to drill off of their coast (with U.S. taxpayer dollars). Obama and the Dems say NO to drilling in ANWAR, NO to drilling in the Dakotas, and NO to the pipeline, but drilling in beautiful Brazilian waters? – NO PROBLEM. This is the height of hypocrisy. We cannot drill in the barren ANWAR region to benefit the U.S., but Brazil, with our money, may drill in their pristine water? What say you, Dems?

    February 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      If the article is correct one of the main reason is that oil spills in the arctic cannot be cleaned up because of the harsh environmental factors. Equatorial waters at least can be cleaned.

      At least that is my reading of the article.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drowlord

      Because she's a citizen of New Zealand, and Brazil is far away. Why don't you fly to China to make snarky comments?

      February 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dondijon

      From one Alaskan to another Thank You, and this is comming from a 25 Year Green Party MEMBER. and as for Mr. Obama as a person Borne on july 4th, I believe in constitutional History. The Constitution once stated who could be a NBC, United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/1st Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 3

      Chap. 3.—An Act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any alien, being a free white person,Alien whites may become citizens, and how. who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof, on application to any common law court of record, in any one of the states wherein he shall have resided for the term of one year at least, and making proof to the satisfaction of such court, that he is a person of good character, and taking the oath or affirmation prescribed by law, to support the constitution of the United States, which oath or affirmation such court shall administer; and the clerk of such court shall record such application, and the proceedings thereon; and thereupon such person shall be considered as a citizen of the United States. [A]nd the children of such persons so naturalized, dwelling within the United States, being under the age of twenty-one years at the time of such naturalization,
      [T]heir children residing here, deemed citizens. shall also be considered as citizens of the United States. And the children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea,Also, children of citizens born beyond sea, &c. or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens: Provided, That the right of citizenship shall not descend to persons whose fathers have never been resident in the United States:Exceptions. Provided also, That no person heretofore proscribed by any state, shall be admitted a citizen as aforesaid, except by an act of the legislature of the state in which such person was proscribed.[2]

      Approved, March 26, 1790.

      Also see:Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), Cert.Granted [AFFIRMED]

      February 28, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. dogwater

    She has a nice rack...

    February 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      always did

      February 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    So a woman who made her career in an energy wasting profession with no purpose beyond entertainment is now complaining about energy resource use? Too funny

    February 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. What a pity

    Too bad they didn't keep her in the lockup. She needs a good dose of confinement, and that's just for starters. They all do as a matter of fact.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh


      February 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Xena

    That's what you do when you don't have a job and your last hit ... was with a Spartan!

    February 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Woof

      Wrong! It's a Thracian and currently in Spartacus and looking good I might add!

      February 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Douglas

    These people need to get a job. Way too much free time on their hands.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LG

    last time I checked, t-shirts were usually made out of cotton... nice try..

    February 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mic

      Never seen blue cotton, additivies from crude are are used in the dye and the paint on the Tee shirt.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SherwoodOR

    So, someone went off and deliberately did something illegal for the expressed purpose of getting arrested. And guess what happened? They got arrested. That's not news any more so than the fact that my toaster produced a slice of toast this morning. Maybe if I hadn't put a slice of bread into it and pressed the lever down, that might be news. But I did put the bread in and did press the lever and so the sudden appearance a minute or two later of toast isn't new-worthy.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Neither is the appearance of a pointless comment by an idiot. Go butter your toast.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LG

    that comment was meant for "Shane" which apparently got deleted.. Lucy you are a great role model!

    February 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Holy cow

    The only thing I know about Xena Warrior Princess is the main character had an epic rack.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Theory240

    I just hope Shell can sue her for the money they lost while she held up their ship. She has money that they should be able to go after...

    February 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    She did something for a cause she believed in, doing something that happened to be illegal, and she was arrested.
    Did it help or hurt her belief?
    Time will tell.
    End of story.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. required

    Maybe the polar bear cam can show us how they all went up.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bala Bang

      I wouldn't kick her out of bed in the morning for eating Frosted Flakes, but I might decline to drive her home in my vehicle given that I like the idea of being able to buy gas rather than walk.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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