LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Actress Shailene Woodley was arrested Monday in front of a large audience on Facebook Live while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Woodley, who has starred in films including “Fault In Our Stars,” was arrested along with 26 other people during a peaceful protest at a pipeline construction site in Sioux County, North Dakota. Woodley and the others were arrested for criminal trespassing, the Morton County sheriff’s office confirmed.

Woodley was able to capture much of the encounter on video. She was streaming the protest via Facebook Live at the time, CBS News reports. In the last few minutes of the two-hour-long video, Woodley was seen being escorted away while her mother continued taping.

Credit: Shailene Woodley / Facebook

Credit: Shailene Woodley / Facebook

“I was walking back to my RV — which is right there — so that we can go back to camp peacefully, and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue,” Woodley said in her Facebook Live video. “They had giant guns and batons and zip-ties and they’re not letting me go.”

The controversial four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline has been the source of protesting — sometimes turning violent — for months, as local Native American residents fear the project will disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and millions farther downstream.

The protest encampment has been called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century, and some protests have expanded to other construction sites along the proposed route.

A federal appeals on Sunday court rejected a bid by the tribe to halt construction on part of the pipeline.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was also arrested for allegedly spraying graffiti on construction equipment in protest of the pipeline.


  1. I listen to KNX in my car whenever I am driving. Your article about the Dakota Access Pipeline sounded to me like it favored the oil company. It talked about protests which turned violent but failed to explain that the only violence was created by law enforcement or by guards hired by the pipeline. It also failed to mention that the pipeline is violating treaty rights. Some really horrible things have been happening to peaceful protestors. I would like to hear an article that gave a more complete picture of the events.

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