According to Greenpeace NZ via Yahoo! News, Lawless and the others involved in the protest were sentenced to 120 hours of community service each and must repay a total of $5,210 between them. The group had boarded the Noble Discoverer in New Plymouth last February, with Lawless and several others climbing up on top of a tower to stage a multiple day protest. Lawless blogged about the experience while up on the tower for four days.
After today's verdict was handed down by the judge, Lawless said:
"Since we occupied the Noble Discoverer, it has become evident to everyone watching, from the millions who have signed Greenpeace petitions, to the US Government, now examining Shell's plans, that it can never be safe to drill in the Arctic.
Shell's Arctic programme has cost them billions and it's now regarded as an eye-wateringly expensive failure.
Let's embrace clean energy; we're going to have to anyway, so why not do it before they cause a major oil spill in the Arctic, and consign our grandchildren to an uncertain and dangerous world?"
Lawless, who rose to fame on "Xena: Warrior Princess," currently stars on TV's "Spartacus" series on STARZ. The actress and six others were sentenced today in Taranaki District Court. It seems the actress is OK with the sentence she received, because of the awareness it brings to the cause she is protesting. If nothing else, Lawless will continue to be a voice against these drilling processes, but hopefully will not get herself into further legal troubles to prove her points, or climb up and camp out on top of oil rig towers, at the very least.
TMZ was able to interview Xena, or Lucy, up on the tower in the video below which included a spirited Princess Warrior cry.
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