Lucy Lawless Sentenced To Pay $561 In New Zealand Oil Protest; Will Do Community Service 'In A Public Toilet Near You' [REPORT]
Lucy Lawless has been sentenced in a New Zealand Court. Famed "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Spartacus" star, and recent recurring guest star on NBC's hit comedy "Parks and Recreation," was sentenced to pay a small fine of 651 New Zealand Dollars ($571 American) in a Taranaki, NZ court yesterday for trespassing on an Arctic oil-drilling ship. Lawless will also be required to complete 120 hours of community service, which, given her activist background, may not be such a trying sentence. The charges, launched by Shell Todd Oil Service, were made in response to a peaceful protest that Lawless and six other Greenpeace members made in February 2012 against the company's oil exploration in the Arctic, according to the Examiner.
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During Lawless' protest, she and her fellow Greenpeace members climbed aboard the Noble Discoverer, an oil-drilling ship bound for the Arctic, setting up camp atop the ship's oil-drilling tower, 174 feet in the air. She and her partners camped and blogged about their experience for four days atop the tower. Lawless even gave TMZ a phone interview while on the oil rug, during which she gave her classic Xena war cry. Enthusiastic, and steadfast in her political convictions, Lawless plead guilty in court.
Shell Todd Oil Service, the company responsible for chartering the ship, had originally asked in court for $650,000 New Zealand Dollars ($545,000 American) from the protestors. These reparation claims were found to be excessive by the activists' defending lawyers. The Washington Post reports that Judge Allan Roberts found the claims to be excessive as well, saying that the prosecutors could pursue their claims through civil court if they wished. At this time, Shell Todd Oil Service has declined to comment as to whether they will.
Xena Warrior Lawless is happy with the outcome of the sentence, given the denial of Shell's reparation claims. "I consider it a great victory that the court has struck down the reparation demand from Shell, which I think was absolutely ludicrous," Lawless said. She has also said she is happy to do whatever community service is required from her, including trash clean-up, or cleaning toilets. Lawless has no regrets and plans to continue to protesting climate change and oil drilling in the arctic, and she's not the only one; Greenpeace has said that over 2 million people have signed a petition outlaw oil exploration and label the Arctic as sanctuary from said exploration.
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