Actor George Clooney Arrested in Sudan Embassy Protest in DC
Posted Mar 16, 2012 11:51 AM CST
By Martha Neil
Authorities slapped the cuffs on George Clooney today, charging him with a misdemeanor, crossing a police line, in a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Hollywood actor was arrested, along with his father, Nick and others, put in plastic handcuffs and taken away in a Secret Service van after refusing to obey three warnings to leave the embassy grounds, according to Bloomberg and the Christian Science Monitor.
A New York Post article features photos of Clooney at the scene with his hands behind his back.
Earlier this week, Clooney was invited by President Barack Obama to attend a state dinner at the White House and testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Clooney, who visited Sudan earlier this month, testified that the Sudanese government is killing its own citizens and blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid in a clash between the northern and southern portions of the nation concerning benefits derived from oil rights.
"They are proving themselves to be the greatest war criminals of this century, by far," Clooney said in his Senate committee testimony.
Others arrested in the protest besides Clooney included Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP; Martin Luther King III; and a number of members of Congress, according to the Associated Press and the Boston Globe.