Susan Sarandon Arrested During Protest for Important Cause

Susan Sarandon was arrested at the New York State Capitol in Albany earlier this week.

The Oscar-winning actress was taken into police custody on Monday along with a handful of other activists, including former New York lieutenant governor candidate Ana Maria Archila, after a protest in support of fair wages for restaurant workers, according to local reports.

In a video shared on Twitter by Spectrum News 1 Albany reporter Kate Lisa, the 79-year-old Thelma & Louise star can be seen chanting and waving a banner while moving through the concourse with protestors.

After about a half hour, Lisa uploaded a second clip, this time of the Ray Donovan alum being escorted away in handcuffs by police.

Sarandon and the eight other activists were later booked, issued appearance tickets for court, and released, according to WNYT-TV.

Prior to the May 8 arrest, the actress joined activists for a rally inside the capitol building to voice their support for legislation that would increase the minimum wage of tipped restaurant workers in New York, a group that nonprofit One Fair Wage said is excluded from the state's upcoming plans to increase the minimum wage to $17 an hour.

One Fair Wage also reported that when New York workers received a $15 minimum wage increase in 2016, wages for tipped workers suffered a 25 percent decline.

This isn't the first time Sarandon has shown up to speak out (or get arrested) to bring attention to an important cause, and it likely won't be the last.

Just last week, she was seen marching in New York in support of writers striking after weeks of failed labor negotiations between the Writers Guild of America labor union (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The Stepmom actress was also arrested in 2018, during a protest in Washington D.C. that condemned former president Donald Trump's immigration policy, as well as in 1999 outside of New York City police headquarters while protesting the death of 22-year-old student Amadou Diallo, who was shot and killed by plainclothes police officers.

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