Jane Fonda Spends Night in Jail After Demonstration Arrest

By Web Staff

Actress and activist Jane Fonda spent a night in a local jail after her fourth arrest in as many weeks while participating in a climate change demonstration on Capitol Hill.

The 81-year-old Oscar winner was among more than 40 people arrested on Oct. 25 while sitting in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building.

A spokesman for Fire Drill Fridays, Ira Arlook, says Fonda was the only one who spent the night in jail, her first as part of the ongoing demonstration.

Arlook says Fonda appeared in Superior Court about 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and was released.

Fonda has said she plans to get arrested every Friday as she advocates for reducing the use of fossil fuels.

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Actress Jane Fonda is arrested for blocking a street in front of the Capitol during a “Fire Drill Fridays” climate change protest and rally on Capitol Hill, in Washington on Oct. 18, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

When she was first arrested, Fonda was criticized over the move, with many calling her “Hanoi Jane,” a nickname she picked up for her protests during the Vietnam War. It was coined after she was photographed sitting on an enemy anti-aircraft gun in the 1970s in Vietnam.

“It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers,” she later said, expressing regret over the photo, according to The Guardian. In 2011, she also wrote: “I hardly even thought about where I was sitting. The cameras flashed. I got up, and as I started to walk back to the car with the translator, the implication of what had just happened hit me. ‘Oh my God. It’s going to look like I was trying to shoot down U.S. planes.’”

In addition to her recent arrests, she was detained at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in 1970.

The Associated Press and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.