Shailene Woodley Arrested for Allegedly Trespassing at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Posted on: October 11th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Courtesy Morton County, SD Sheriff’s Dept.(MORTON COUNTY, ND) — Shailene Woodley has been released from jail, her publicist told ABC News, after earlier being taken into custody during a protest about a controversial pipeline.

Earlier Monday, the actress was arrested for allegedly trespassing while protesting construction of the nearly completed, four-state Dakota Access Pipeline.

The incident, which took place in Morton County, North Dakota, was captured during a Facebook Live stream on her official page.

Woodley and others were protesting the 1,172-mile pipeline after a federal court Sunday rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s appeal to halt construction of a project that tribal leaders say threatens their water supply and traverses culturally sacred sites on the North and South Dakota border.

“Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota,” her representative said in a statement. “She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Woodley, 24, was arrested for alleged criminal trespass and allegedly engaging in a riot during a protest at a construction site that involved about 300 people, Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Keller told ABC News.

Both charges are misdemeanors that carry a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine, though Keller told ABC News that Woodley posted a $500 fine. Keller told the Associated Press that 27 people were arrested during protests at two construction sites that prompted the shutdown of a state highway for several hours.

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