Lawless Faces Three Years For Eco-Activism

The Xena star pleads guilty of trespassing for her role in a protest aboard an oil rig, alongside Greenpeace.


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Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

Actor Lucy Lawless has pleaded guilty to trespass after she and other activists protested aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand, according to an Associated Press report.

She is due to be sentenced in September and faces a maximum of three years in jail, the report said, adding that prosecutors reduced a more serious charge of burglary.

Lawless, 44, a native New Zealand, is best known for her title role in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, and more recently for starring in the Starz cable television series Spartacus.

In February, she and five other Greenpeace environmental activists spent four days perched atop a 174-foot (53-meter) drilling tower on the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki in a protest against Arctic oil exploration, the Associated Press reported. Eight activists pleaded guilty Thursday at the Auckland District Court.

Read Curve's exclusive pre-sentencing interview with Lawless in the July/August issue.

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