George Clooney Arrested Protesting Outside Sudanese Embassy

Hollywood star's act of civil disobedience in Washington, D.C., raises awareness about crisis in South Sudan

By Josh Grossberg Mar 16, 2012 3:32 PMTags

George Clooney is willing to go to jail to help the Sudanese people.

A day after meeting with President Obama privately in the Oval Office to relate his firsthand account of the dire humanitarian crisis going on in South Sudan, the Hollywood actor took his activism to a whole 'nother level by getting arrested this morning outside the Sudanese embassy. 

So what did Clooney have to say before he was cuffed and hauled away?

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"We're here to ask two very important questions," Clooney told a throng of reporters. "We need immedate humanitarian aid into Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and...the second thing we ask is for the government in Khartoum to stop killing their own men, women and children...stop raping them and stop starving them."

U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Max Milien confirmed today's arrest to E! News, saying Clooney was taken into custody for "disorderly crossing of a police line."

He was transported to the 2nd district of the Washington, D.C. police department and will be booked on a misdemeanor. No word if bail has been set or when he'll be getting out.

The Oscar winner's rep told E! News that after returning last week from a nine-day trip to the region, the A-lister believed time was running out to help prevent the deaths of millions of people and civil disobedience was necessary to keep the story front and center.

Arrested along with Clooney were his father, journalist Nick Clooney, as well as Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous and several congressmen.

"They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children," said publicist Stan Rosenfeld. "They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

Clooney, 50, turned heads on Wednesday when he testified before the Senate on the violence and oppression he was witnessing in the country. The thesp also made the media rounds where he talked about increasing violence and a firsthand account of feeling a rocket blast a mile away from the village he had visited.

—Additional Reporting by Sharareh Drury