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Shailene Woodley’s rep has confirmed to People that the actress was released from jail on Monday after being arrested for criminal trespassing during a peaceful protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck. Shailene, who streamed the protest and her arrest on Facebook Live, was arrested along with 27 others. The video has since been viewed more than 3.3 million times. According to her rep, Shailene was released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota: “She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
As the Facebook Live shows, the group of protestors followed orders after being told to leave he area because they were trespassing. When Shailene got to her RV, she found police waiting for her. “I’m being arrested,” she says during the last few minutes. “I was down there with everybody else. It’s because I’m well known. It’s because I have 40,000 people watching… so everybody knows, we were going to our vehicle, which they had surrounded and waiting for me with giant guns in the giant truck behind them just so they could arrest me.”
Following Shailene’s arrest on Monday, several celebrities voiced their support on Twitter.
- Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) October 10, 2016
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) October 11, 2016
- Daryl Hannah (@dhlovelife) October 11, 2016
- Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) October 11, 2016
- Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) October 11, 2016
- Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 10, 2016
- John Green (@johngreen) October 10, 2016
Shailene has been a longtime supporter of the fight against the $3.8 billion project, which, if completed, would transport oil across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. According to protestors, the project would threaten the main water source and several sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation, which is within a half-mile of the pipeline.
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