It’s Friday, and actress Jane Fonda has been arrested again – just like she promised she would be — while protesting climate change in Washington, D.C., but this time she was joined by her “Grace & Frankie” co-star Sam Waterston.
Fonda, 81, and Waterston, 78, were protesting at the U.S. Capitol Friday when they were put in plastic handcuffs by U.S. Capitol Police, according to pictures posted by NBC reporter Frank Thorp Friday. This is Fonda’s second arrest in two weeks, having been arrested last week in similar circumstances at the Capitol.
Thorp’s pictures in his Twitter thread Friday show Fonda and Waterston in handcuffs at the Green New Deal protest. Waterston, known for “Law & Order,” as well as “Grace & Frankie,” told Thorp this was his first time being arrested.
Also arrested at this climate change protest blocking the road outside the Capitol: Law & Order actor Sam Waterston, who says this is his first time being arrested: pic.twitter.com/GVvCgv4RYK
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 18, 2019
Reps for Fonda and Waterston did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Capitol Police said in a statement: “Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 17 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the unit block of First Street, SE. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding.”
The Twitter account for the Fonda-founded activist organization Fire Drill Fridays posted a picture of Waterston giving a speech earlier at the protest, at which he is quoted as having said, “We can do this! We need something to push for that’s as big as the problem.”
The arrests are no surprise, given Fonda’s public declaration in recent weeks that she plans to protest for environmental action at the U.S. Capitol every Friday. She told the Los Angeles Times that she was given four months of time off from filming “Grace & Frankie” to devote to climate change activism.
“I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,” Fonda told The Post last week. “It’ll be called ‘Fire Drill Friday.’ And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.”
The 81-year-old actress has a long history of activism, having notably stood against the Vietnam War which earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane” in the 1970s. She also outlined her plan to incur weekly arrests in an interview with The Washington Post Thursday.