George Clooney: Arrested then released in Washington D.C

By Joann Vaglica,
The actor has since been released

George Clooney: Cuffed, Arrested in Washington D.C

Actor George Clooney (2nd,L) is put in handcuffs along with his father Nick Clooney (R) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), (L), as they are arrested after taking part in a protest rally by a number of organizations in front of the Sudanese Embassy, March 16, 2012, in Washington, DC. Clooney and the demonstrators are calling for more international pressure on the Khartoum government to stop military action against civilians in the new state of South Sudan. UPI/Mike Theiler

George Clooney was seen smiling as he was handcuffed and arrested in front of the Sudan embassy today.

The vocal political activist took part in a protest outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to bring awareness to the country’s humanitarian blockade crisis by their president, Omar al-Bashir, according to PEOPLE.

Clooney was warned three times to leave the property but he resisted.

"This is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them. That's all we ask," said Clooney, according to USA Today.

Along with the actor, his journalist father, Nick Clooney, U.S. rep, Jim Moran, and NAACP President, Ben Jealous were arrested, among others, on the scene and carted away by a Secret Service Van.

According to multiple reports, Clooney is cooperating with authorities and “he's being charged currently with disorderly crossing of a police line which is a misdemeanor and he will be transported to the second district of the Metropolitan Police Department for processing," Millen, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said, via PEOPLE.

Clooney’s rep released a statement regarding the not-so-unexpected arrest, saying, “They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

TODAY is reporting millions of people living in Sudan are victims of starvation because they are being blocked from the proper survival tools.

"It’s about to start raining, and once it starts raining there, thousands of people are going to die," Clooney said.

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. ET, Clooney, along with the other protesters who were arrested today, have been released after paying a fine, MSNBC's TODAY announced.

"You never know if you are accomplishing anything. ... We hope it helps,” the actor told reporters after his release.

A hopeful Clooney spoke to reporters about his arrest, saying, "You never know if you are accomplishing anything. We hope it helps...There really is a ticking clock on [the situation]."

This is the first time Clooney has ever been arrested. "Let's hope it's my last," he said.



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