October 10, 2016


Shailene Woodley Arrested for Trespassing at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest: Video

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Jim Spellman/WireImage

Update (10/11/16): Shailene Woodley was booked and is now released from Morton County Jail.

“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,” her publicist told E! News.

Original story (10/10/16): On site at a protest against the invasive Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, 24-year-old actress Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) was arrested for criminal trespassing. The incident was caught on camera via Woodley's two-hour Facebook Live stream, which, as of this publication, has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

The arrest begins at the 1:57:50 mark below:

In the footage, Woodley asks why she was selected from what's now being reported as more than 200 protesters occupying the Sioux County, N.D. construction site in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The only answer from police: "You're identified."

"Alright," Woodley says. "I'm being arrested. Because I was trespassing like everyone else. But as soon as you guys asked me to leave, I left. ... It's because I'm well-known, it's because I have 40,000 people watching."

Local news sources say at least 27 protesters were arrested in total, and that two people who had chained themselves to construction equipment were taken in on felony reckless endangerment charges.

"For months, thousands have joined more than 300 federally recognized American Indian tribes at Cannon Ball, N.D.—the site of the Oceti Sakowin Camp—to protest the pipeline," writes NBC News. On Sunday, news arrived that a federal court ruled against a request to cease construction.

Visiting Late Night with Seth Meyers in September, Woodley paused on the Snowden movie promo to highlight the #NoDAPL cause. "This is the first time that you have this many tribes gathered in one place standing together united to stand up for not only their rights but human rights and the access to clean water,” she said. She gave out I Stand with Standing Rock T-shirts, one of which went to fellow Meyers guest Bernie Sanders.

Woodley posted multiple videos prior to her Dakota Access Pipeline arrest:

And here's that Meyers interview: