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Shailene Woodley Reveals Arrest Details

September 08, 2017

Shailene Woodley has finally opened up about her arrest last year.

The 25-year-old actress was arrested in October for protesting against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Woodley was one of many A-listers to join protests against the construction of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land. Protesters argued that the oil would leak, contaminate the tribe’s water supply, and desecrate a sacred burial ground.

The actress, known for her roles on hit TV series “Big Little Lies”, and dystopian film franchise “Divergent”, was charged with criminal trespassing and inciting a riot.

In an interview with Marie Claire, the “Fault in Our Stars” actress recalls seeing two US military tanks shortly before her arrest: “The only time in my life that I saw a tank like that was on set in Atlanta.”

A few minutes later, police stormed in.

Around 40 000 people watched the incident as Woodley’s mother streamed it via Facebook Live. The video shows police zip-tying Woodley’s hands behind her back before hauling her off to Morton County jail in North Dakota.

Woodley explains that she was humiliated by police as they strip-searched her, looking for drugs or weapons.

The actress says she has experienced symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since the protests and her arrest.

“When you’re in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realise no one can save you. If there’s a fire and they decide not to open the door, you’ll die. You are a caged animal,” she explains.

Woodley pleaded guilty to the charges in March, and took a deal to avoid jail time. “I’m on a year’s probation,” she explains.

Unfortunately it was all for naught. With the support of President Donald Trump, the pipeline went ahead and is currently pumping oil.

Woodley remains an environmental activist, and says that she may pursue a future in politics.

Image: Shailene Woodley’s mugshot (Morton County Sheriff) [online image] (2016) sourced on 7 September 2017 from http://img.usmagazine.com/620-width/shailene-woodley-mugshot-d0af1aee-6469-49a5-96a5-02ac4a671608.jpg.