George Clooney and his father Nick were both arrested early this morning in Washington D.C. Members of the U.S. Secret Service handcuffed them for crossing a police line. They were booked at a nearby police station for the misdemeanor offense. George was leading a protest against the Sudan crisis outside the Sudanese embassy. Clooney’s rep released a statement saying he and his father were “protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children.” They were hoping to convince officials to allow humanitarian aid into the country before the crisis becomes any bigger. George, who recently released a documentary about the crisis Sudan, is reportedly happy about the arrest because it’ll draw more attention to the cause. He spoke to reporters right before he was arrested to say that he wants more people around the world to learn about the “Sudanese committing atrocities on their own people.” A dozen people were arrested in total, including the actor and his father, congressmen, members of a human right organization, a few citizens from Sudan, and Martin Luther King III. No word yet on whether he has been released from custody or not.
George Clooney held a protest for a cause he wanted to bring attention to, but he’s not alone in the fight. Here are a few other celebrities that have also taken part in protests for causes they believe in.
Jessica Alba got in trouble in 2009 for defacing public property in Oklahoma City after she was caught putting up posters of sharks as part of a protest for animal rights. She later apologized for her actions and said she should have thought it through before she got involved with the cause.
Hayden Panettiere took part in a protest against dolphin hunting in Japan in 2007. A warrant was issued for her arrest in the country, but charges were eventually dropped. The protestors were unable to stop the hunt they intercepted and a video of Hayden’s emotional reaction to their failure was posted on the internet soon after.