Several celebrities were arrested Friday at Jane Fonda’s weekly protest in Washington, D.C. The protest was part of the actress’ Fire Drill Fridays, an initiative which aims to have politicians address climate change.
Actress Diane Lane, 54, actress Piper Perabo, 43 and model Amber Valletta, 45 were all arrested at the event, according to photos shared on the Fire Drill Fridays and Jane Fonda’s Twitter accounts.
“Today’s 40 organizers, indigenous leaders, and activists along with celebrities like
@PiperPerabo, @ambervalletta, and Diane Lane were arrested to make it clear: WATER CAN’T WAIT” the post read.
Ira Arlook, of Fire Drill Fridays, confirmed the arrests to USA TODAY.
Perabo posted about the experience on her Twitter account.
“I was just arrested at @FireDrillFriday because we are in a climate emergency, and we need our government to protect our land, air, and water from big oil’s pollution,” she tweeted. “Honored to stand with @Janefonda and so many inspiring youth climate activists.”
Fonda, meanwhile, has previously been taken into custody at the protests but has avoided arrest recently after her fourth arrest earlier this month. Most recently on Nov. 1, she was arrested alongside fellow actresses Rosanna Arquette, 60, and Catherine Keener, 60.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress noted it may not be wise for her to keep up the weekly arrests, considering a long-term jail stay could interfere with her showbiz schedule.
“I have to be careful not to get to a point where they’re going to keep me for 90 days because I have to begin preparing for ‘Grace & Frankie’ in January,” she told the outlet. “So I’m not going to get arrested every time. They give you three warnings and so I will step away at the third warning.”
In a letter shared to Fire Drill Friday’s website, Fonda said she’s “moved to Washington, D.C. to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climate.”
She added: “Every Friday through January, I will be leading weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill to demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in. We can’t afford to wait.”
In addition to her recent arrests, Fonda was previously arrested for “drug smuggling” at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in 1970, according to her website.
“I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland Jail, which is when the mug shot was taken,” she writes. “I was released on bond and months later, after every pill had been tested in a lab (with taxpayers money!) The charges were dismissed and there were a few paragraphs hidden in the back of papers that they were vitamins, not drugs.”
Fonda’s 1st arrest:Jane Fonda arrested at climate change protest she organized on Capitol Hill