Actor George Clooney was *just* arrested in Washington D.C. at a political protest outside the Sudanese Embassy. Now, to be clear, Clooney was taken into police custody for his involvement in the protest, which is much different than being arrested for something like drunk driving or assault. Still, a bust is a bust … and Clooney got himself busted today. Click below to check out a photo of George Clooney being taken into police custody and read more deets about his arrest.
Actor George Clooney was detained Friday morning during a protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. On Wednesday, Clooney testified before Congress about “a campaign of murder” under way in Sudan, where villagers run for the hills to hide from bombings on a daily basis. “What you see is a constant drip of fear,” Clooney said, a day after returning from a trip in which he and a small team of fellow activists managed to enter one of the most devastated areas, the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. “We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off,” Clooney told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Clooney said the attacks are being orchestrated by Sudan’s government, led by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein – the same three men, he said, who previously orchestrated long-documented attacks in Darfur.
It’s pretty clear that Clooney‘s involvement with today’s protest was intended so he would get arrested and draw attention to his cause. I must admit, it worked. His arrest points us all in the direction of his involvement with Amnesty International and we all know now of his trip to the Sudan. Word of his arrest is lighting up Twitter, the hashtag #FREECLOONEY is already a US wide trending topic:
I don’t think there will be much more drama to come from this arrest, he may get formally booked and mugshot … he likely will not. But his goal has been accomplished. Clooney‘s intended arrest has raised much awareness of his cause. Is it enough to get you involved?
UPDATE: TMZ is now reporting that George Clooney has been bailed out of jail and is, once again, free:
George Clooney is bailing out of jail after being arrested for crossing a police line this morning in Washington D.C. His bond — about as cheap as it gets — $100. Clooney and others were protesting in front of the Sudanese Embassy, voicing dismay over the killing of innocent men, women, and children. Clooney was arrested by U.S. Secret Service after he refused to move away from the protected area around the Embassy. In all … 15 men were arrested, including George’s dad Nick as well as a congressman, and 2 women.
Again, I say, job well done, George. You got your message across, loud and clear.