George Clooney Arrested In Washington D.C. [UPDATE]


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.

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  • Chris

    good for him

  • Robb

    Shame on you for posting a picture with BUSTED across it. Your excuse that a bust is a bust is lame — he wasn’t “busted” for doing anything salacious and you did it solely for the sensationalism. When a man does something for the greater good, he shouldn’t be labelled or handled in the manner of yellow journalism or even pink journalism. Shame on pinkisthenewblog.

    • @Robb — No shame here, a bust is a bust. He intended to be arrested, he was arrested. I applaud his actions, I support his decision to be arrested for a cause he believes in.

    • Kristen

      @Robb – Think about the audience (of which you are a part). People come to this website for gossip about celebrities. People looking for gossip about celebrities MAYBE aren’t interested in the Sudan. Using “pink journalism” is getting people to read the post about the Sudan.

      Isn’t that exactly what George Clooney (most likely) wanted to accomplish? Clooney’s actions seem (to me) to be a responsible use of his celebrity to draw attention to an important issue, an important issue that hasn’t been getting the kind of exposure it needs to affect a change.

      By giving the section a title intended to draw readers, no matter their policital involvement or concern, it seems to me that Trent is using his blog to draw attention to an important issue.

    • Katie

      I totally agree Kristen, could not have said it better!

    • Deanna

      What the hell was he supposed to put, “Naughty step for George”? George got exactly what he wanted, to bring attention to a cause that is important to him. Good for him!

    • Alys

      Naughty steps for George are going to be delicious and titillating, you know it. But for something this serious, yes, busted is to the point and appropriate.

  • Kiki

    SEE. There are more important issues on which we need to concentrate. Why is everyone so damn concerned with my uterus when REAL issues need to be addressed???

    • Alys

      These talking points that stir up the electorate also distract large portions of the electorate from troubling topics (Syria, Sudan, environment, education, economy). Grey areas are no longer questioned when politicians can whip their sheeple into frothing furies, and insist that you gotta get ultrasounded for health care you weren’t entitled to.

  • Nick

    You’re exactly right robb. Pink “busted” letters definitely sensationalize this arrest. Will not be back to this site… the pink color doesnt exactly scream credibility.

    • @Nick — “Pink ‘busted’ letters definitely sensationalize this arrest” Um, that is exactly the point.

    • @Nick — “the pink color doesnt exactly scream credibility.” LOL.

    • Isabelle

      I don’t think Nick read the title of the blog.

  • Andrea

    Who would have thought the colour of someone’s writing was what made someone credible or not?! Pink writing apparently means you know nothing Trent. :P Funny that these people who said this didn’t take notice of the name of your blog and would see how appropriate the pink writing is! Ahh well.

    George did a great job at opening up awareness on a cause that most people do not even know about. Way to use your celebrity in a positive way!

  • Sergeja

    Yes George, yes, THANK YOU!! I’ve been fed up with the publicity Kony has been receiving for the past few weeks, while some margin of society has been trying for years to shine a light on the Darfur problem, but noone “gives a shit” (pardon my french). Why is it so? (I don’t want to state the obvious) So thank you again George, for keeping up the fight for Darfur, thank you!

    railer for documentary Eyes and Ears of God – Video surveillance of Sudan:

  • kat :)

    I love George

  • Bea

    It’s working guys. I’m living proof. Sure I knew the general circumstances behind the chaos in Darfur but the action of George Clooney prompted me to actually go and search for more specific info on it to learn the details of how and what’s happened. Thank you GC for making me aware!

  • brandi

    i loves me some clooneytunes. he’s so good.

  • Ella

    The Clooney was in my city???? Where the f*ck was I??????????

  • Charlotte

    Memories of Martin Sheen. I love a man driven by his beliefs.

  • banana

    the busted word sent a chill to my heart for a brief instant! i thought, no, anyone but george clooney! then i read what he did and i never felt more prouder of this guy! his girlfriend of whatever name is sooooo damn lucky to have him!