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Shailene Woodley Pleads Not Guilty to Criminal Trespassing for Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty to one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass and one count of misdemeanor engaging in a riot on Wednesday, October 19, Us Weekly confirms.

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Her attorney, Alexander Reichert, entered a waiver of appearance and submitted the plea for the Fault in Our Stars actress at the Morton County Court.

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As previously reported, Woodley was arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Monday, October 10.

The 24-year-old actress’ arrest was streamed via Facebook Live.

“I don’t know if you guys just heard me, but I was walking back to my RV, which is right there, so that we can go back to camp peacefully, and [the police] grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue. And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties, and they’re not letting me go,” she could be heard saying in the video, which was watched by millions. “All right, I’m being arrested because I was trespassing like everyone,” she said before expressing that she felt she was the only one being arrested because she’s “well known.”

After being released from jail, the actress’ rep issued a statement and Woodley took to social media.

“[Shailene] appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Woodley’s rep told Us on October 10.

“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 Descendants actress captioned an Instagram photo on Tuesday, October 11, of three people canoeing. “#alwaysinallways #heartforward #uptous #NoDAPL #protectcleanwater #iamonyourside.”

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