Actress Lucy Lawless was found guilty of trespassing when she joined other activists in trying to stop an oil-drilling ship in her native New Zealand in February, and now faces a possible 3 year prison sentence.
The 44-year-old actress is best known for her role as Xena on the television series “Xena: Warrior Princess”, and most recently for her supporting role on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series.
In May 2009, Lucy Lawless became a ‘climate ambassador’ for the Greenpeace ‘Sign On’ campaign.
In February 2012, Lawless and five other Greenpeace activists boarded an oil drilling ship at Port Taranaki, New Zealand, and remained on it for 77 hours to stop it leaving for the arctic where it was going to take part in oil exploration.
Originally, she was charged with burglary for the incident which carried a 10 year maximum sentence. However, on Thursday she, along with the other activists arrested for the incident, plead guilty, to the lesser charge of trespassing after the prosecutors decided to reduce the charges.
Sentencing for Lawless and the rest of the activists will take place in September, all of them face the maximum 3 year prison sentence.
Undaunted by her possible impending prison sentence, Lawless says she still plans to keep up her involvement with Greenpeace.
“We want to tell [deep-sea oil drillers] absolutely under no circumstances is this a good idea. They are robbing our children of their birthright to a clean and healthy planet, and they know it,” Lawless told the New Zealand Herald.