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Shailene Woodley to Stand Trial After Arrest During Peaceful Protest

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Actress Shailene Woodley will have to appear in front of a North Dakota court on October 24 after being arrested during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Woodley made headlines when she streamed live footage of her arrest through Facebook Live. She was only a few feet away from her vehicle when she was apprehended by police.

“I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue,” she said.

She then asked why only she was being arrested to which the cop informed her she had been identified. “Alright I’m being arrested,” she continued.

“Because I was trespassing like everyone. As soon as you guys asked me to leave, I l left. She was down there, everybody was down there. I’m being arrested. I was down there with everybody else. I don’t know what’s going on? As soon as they came I left… it’s because I’m well known. It’s because I have 40,000 people watching.”

She was charged with criminal trespassing and inciting a riot. Later that day, she was released on bail, a representative confirmed.

“Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota. She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said the representative.

The pipeline would span 1,170 miles, cost $3.8 billion dollars, and transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil a day, according to the project’s Web site. The Standing Rock Sioux tribes have sued federal regulators in an attempt to halt the project.

The actress has continued to protest the pipeline, taking to Instagram to voice her determination to keep fighting. “One day, baby, we’ll sing our poetry. The words dripping from our tongues wet with ripened patience. And the lyrics, the sweet fruits born from the seeds our aging hands are now sowing,” the actress wrote.

If convicted, the actress could face up to 60 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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