Monday 15 October 2018

Xena star Lawless facing burglary charges

Police have arrested actress Lucy Lawless and six Greenpeace environmental activists after the group spent four days protesting aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand.

Police removed the group from their perch on top of a 174ft drilling tower on the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki.

Lawless and six activists climbed the tower on Friday in an attempt to raise awareness about oil drilling in the Arctic and prevent the ship from leaving.

All seven activists, including Lawless, have now been charged with burglary and are due to appear in court on Thursday.

Chartered by oil company Shell, the ship had been due to leave at weekend for the Arctic to drill five exploratory wells.

Lawless (43), a native New Zealander, is best known for her title role in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, and more recently the TV series Spartacus.

Lawless had said she felt compelled to take a stand against oil-drilling in the Arctic and against global warming.


"I've got three kids. My sole biological reason for being on this planet is to ensure that they can flourish, and they can't do that in a filthy, degraded environment," she said. "We need to stand up while we still can."

Rob Jager, chairman of Shell New Zealand, said the protest had put people in danger and he was pleased it was over. He said he remained disappointed that Greenpeace hadn't taken up the company's offer to engage in a "productive conversation".


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