Latest News

Lucy Lawless convicted of trespassing

By Mason White 1:30 PM February 7, 2013
Lucy Lawless 

By: David Ross
A popular movie action figure was sentenced after being convicted of trespassing onto the property of a large U.S. oil company, according to court proceedings in New Zealand.

“Xena: The Warrior Princess” actor Lucy Lawless said she has won a great victory after a New Zealand judge gave her a modest sentence, but refused to order the costs requested by Shell Oil for her role in a protest on board of an oil drillship.

Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists were each ordered Thursday to pay $547 to the company and complete 120 hours of community service after pleading guilty on charges of trespassing.

Last February, Lawless and six other activists climbed an oil rig to protest oil exploration in the Arctic. Another protester helped from the ground. Lawless spent four days on the 174-foot tower, camping and blogging about her experience. The action briefly delayed the boat trip.

Shell Todd Oil Services, which had chartered the ship, demanded around $545,000 in reparations from the protesters.
Lawyers for the activists argued that the amount was excessive. In his ruling, Judge Allan Roberts said that the company could pursue its claim through the civil court system.

Lawless is best known for her starring role in “Xena” and more recently for her role in the cable television series “Spartacus”.
“I consider it a great victory that the court has disallowed the claim for compensation by Shell, which I think is absolutely ridiculous,” Lawless said.

She said she was happy to clean toilets, pick up trash or do anything else that is required for the community service and has no regrets about participating in the protest, which she said has helped to highlight concerns about the oil exploration in the Arctic.