Women love him and men want to be him – but neither of those things stopped authorities from slapping handcuffs on George Clooney early Friday morning.
Clooney and his father, well-known journalist Nick Clooney, were among the many high-profile participants of a mass protest outside the Sudanese embassy in D.C. The stated goal of the event was to take a stand against the way that Sudan (specifically, Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir) is currently mistreating citizens – refusing to provide them with food as well as other forms of necessary aid.
Other big name names that were arrested included: Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).
According to multiple reports, the arrests stemmed from Clooney and his fellow protestors knowingly doing what they were doing on private property. The same reports note that all parties involved were warned many times that a failure to cooperate would end in arrest.
The 50-year-old Hollywood superstar has long since been recognized as one of show biz’s most vocal political activists. On Thursday, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on what he had witnessed and experienced during his most recent trip to Sudan. He insisted that if action on the matter is not taken quickly, “we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster.”
Shortly after that presentation, Clooney got the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama and Secretary Hilary Clinton to express his concerns to them as well.
As noted by the Daily Mail, Clooney, his father and the group standing with them held up a group sign that read: “Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation”
Clooney's reps released this statement following the arrest (via Politico): “They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”