Why was once Jane Fonda arrested in Washington DC and has she been arrested prior to?

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We stan. (Picture: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Hollywood icon Jane Fonda was arrested in Washington DC on Friday 11 October on the steps of the US Capitol building.

Wearing a long red coat, a hat and dark boots, police officers further accessorised her look by placing plastic ties around her wrists before walking her to their vehicle.

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Why was Jane Fonda arrested in Washington DC and has she been arrested before?

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As it happened, people around her cheered and called: ‘We love you Jane’.

Why was Jane Fonda arrested?

Fonda, 81, was arrested during a climate change protest.

Why was Jane Fonda arrested in Washington DC and has she been arrested before?

The actress said: ‘I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday.

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‘It’ll be called Fire Drill Friday. And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.’



The 9 to 5 star told the Washington Post that she has been inspired by Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Fonda said that Greta had ‘realised what was happening and that this was barreling at us like an engine’.

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‘It so traumatised her that she stopped speaking and eating. And when I read that, it rocked me because I knew that Greta had seen the truth. And the urgency came into my DNA the way it hadn’t before.’

She added: ‘Greta said we have to behave like it’s a crisis. We have to behave like our houses are on fire.’

Fonda’s actions have been met with support from members of the public and from her fellow celebs, including Russell Crowe, who tagged her in a tweet which read: ‘On fire at 81.’

Meanwhile, singer Cyndi Lauper said: ‘She still cares and now we all know about #FireDrillFriday thank you for fighting for us’.



Has Jane Fonda ever been arrested before?

In 1970, Fonda was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, where she was arriving after being a part of an anti-war speaking tour in Canada.

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Fonda absolutely slaying in a mug shot following her arrest in Cleveland, Ohio in 1970. (Picture: Kypros/Getty Images)

Fonda told the authorities that the pills which had been found in her luggage were just vitamins, however, according to Fonda, the officers who arrested her told her that they were acting on orders from the White House, where Richard Nixon was serving as president at the time.

Her website reads: ‘I told them what they were but they said they were getting orders from the White House–that would be the Nixon White House. I think they hoped this “scandal” would cause the college speeches to be canceled and ruin my respectability.

‘I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland Jail, which is when the mug shot was taken. (I had just finished filming “Klute” so, yes, it was the Klute haircut).’

She was later released on bond and the charges were dismissed.

Decades later in 2017, she started selling merch adorned with her mugshot to raise funds for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power Potential.

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