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‘Warrior Princess’ Pleads Guilty to Oil Rig Trespass

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Lucy Lawless, who battled for the greater good as the title character in “Xena: Warrior Princess,” has pled guilty to reduced charges of trespass five months after she and other Greenpeace activists occupied a drilling tower in New Zealand. Lawless could face up to three years in jail.

After her court date, Lawless said simply of her protest, “I had to do what I had to do.”  In an additional interview, she explained that her public protest has marked “a defining event in [her] life,” marking a ”shift inside [her] about how [she’s] going to move forward.” She also told the Associated Press, “For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs,” and expressed the hope that others would follow her.

While she identifies herself primarily as an actor and a mother, Lawless took and continues to take action when she perceives the need, embracing her celebrity as the currency that will help bring attention to the frightening effects of offshore drilling that 2010’s Gulf of Mexico “spill” brought close to home for Americans. Lawless has also emphasized that her action is on behalf of children – her own and the world’s – who deserve to experience a clean, natural world.

Well, I’m inspired. Lucy, we all want to be your sidekicks!

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