The Divergent star was arrested in Morton County, North Dakota today while peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The official charge against Woodley is criminal trespassing, but many are wondering if she wasn’t taken into custody due to the fact that her celebrity status brought added media attention to the controversy surrounding the pipeline.
Woodley videotaped her arrest, and many believe her interaction with police proves that she was unfairly targeted. Woodley maintains that she was peacefully walking back to her RV in order to return to a nearby campsite when she was apprehended. “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.”
Woodley concludes her video message by addressing the media directly: “So everybody knows…we were going to our vehicle which they had all surrounded and waiting for me with giant guns and a giant truck behind them just so they could arrest me. I hope you’re watching mainstream media.”
The Hollywood Gossip