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Lucy Lawless awaits fate for Greenpeace oil protest

By Rob Salem, Toronto Star

873 days ago   Article ID# 1478760
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TORONTO, CANADA (Toronto Star) - Actress Lucy Lawless and five other Greenpeace activists may face burglary charges over their recent four-day “occupation” of an oil tanker in New Zealand’s Port Taranaki.

But they won’t know for sure for a couple of weeks. The hearing, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been pushed back to mid-March.

“(They) moved the hearing to March 20 to give some of us time to get our homes and businesses in order,” Lawless, a native New Zealander, told the Star exclusively Wednesday.

“It probably won’t be as late as that, but it’s easier to move it earlier than later, I’m told. It’ll be better this way.”

Lawless, 43, best known as TV’s Xena: Warrior Princess and currently a star of Spartacus: Vengeance, was arrested Monday along with five other protesters 77 hours after they scaled a 53-metre-high drilling tower aboard the Shell-contracted Noble Discoverer, in an effort to stop the ship from exploring oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

“I don’t know what the actual charges will be,” Lawless says. “The police have full discretion to charge what they want.

“But I signed my bail bond today. Never thought I’d see the day.”

Greenpeace has issued a statement that no property was taken or damaged during the occupation, which began last Friday morning.

The tanker had been scheduled to leave port Sunday.

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Updated 873 days ago   Article ID# 1478760

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