Lucy Lawless: behind bars?

Lucy Lawless, TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess, has pled guilty in her native New Zealand to charges of unlawfully being on a ship while protesting with the environmental organization Greenpeace, but she makes no apologies. “For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing,” she told the Associated Press after appearing in an Auckland, New Zealand court. “I hope I’ve encouraged other people to do the same.” The actress, currently appearing in the STARZ series Spartacus, was arrested in February with other Greenpeace activists who boarded the oil-drilling ship to prevent it from departing to the Arctic. She camped for 77 hours on the Shell Oil-chartered ship.

Sentencing is set for September and while trespassing potentially carries a three-year prison sentence in New Zealand, Lawless told reporters as a first-time offender, she isn’t expecting to see any time in jail. The charge was previously reduced from burglary. Lawless still could face potential travel restrictions, which have beleaguered the likes of Paris Hilton, Chris Brown and Russell Brand in the past. Addressing this possibility, Lawless said, “If I couldn’t travel, obviously that would be a tremendous pain in the neck.”
~Emily Davies

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  1. David Roy • June 18, 2012 @ 2:57 PM

    Good for Lucy! More people should stand up for what they believe in, no matter the consequence!

  2. ke • June 18, 2012 @ 10:05 PM

    I’ve always loved her. To be willing to face whatever the result is inspiring. If people judge her because she got herself arrested, come on, she did it knowing full well that was a possibility and decided she can tough it out. Love her!!

  3. Barbara • June 19, 2012 @ 6:42 AM

    The title of the article is pretty stupid.
    Don’t you think her lawyer told her that she doesn’t risk any jail time?
    I don’t think Lucy said it just because she believes that, but because experts told her that.
    This article like many other “gossip” article really are surpassing the line by saying Lucy will go to jail. Stop Black PRing Lucy. And get informed before saying something only for the sake of gossip!

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