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George Clooney & Dad

ARRESTED During Protest

3/16/2012 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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11:30 AM PST
-- Clooney just bailed out ... for $100.

8:45 AM PST -- Clooney and his dad were arrested for crossing a police line ... which is a misdemeanor offense.
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Father and son were arrested by the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service ... but he's currently being booked into a D.C. police station.

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George Clooney
and his father Nick have been arrested in Washington, D.C. during a protest over the Sudan crisis.

Clooney was leading a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy in D.C. when he was hauled away by secret service agents.


0316_george_clooney_subassetClooney's publicist Stan Rosenfield tells TMZ, "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."

Sources connected with George tell us he feels good about the arrest because it puts the spotlight on the crisis. Moments before the arrest, George was mobbed by reporters (below) -- claiming, he was protesting to raise awareness about the "Sudanese government committing atrocities on their own people."

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We're told a dozen people got arrested including congressmen, leaders of the human rights community, Sudanese citizens, Martin Luther King III and George's father ... Nick Clooney.

Clooney recently shot a short documentary about the situation in Sudan, which he released on EnoughProject.org. WARNING -- Video contains VERY graphic content.

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262 COMMENTS

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31.

BarrysConspiracyWorld    

Good for George. That's his dad Nick pictured next to him. If he REALLY wants to get ballsy, he should stand up for a 9/11 investigation.

959 days ago
32.

Dharma    

Really!......does anybody really care?

959 days ago
33.

paul a.    

I sympathize with the cause, of course, but what a phoney, obvious set - up. George, you are one of my favorite actors! But this is beneath you......

959 days ago
34.

Kylie's injected lips    

Good for him. Willing to get arrested for a good cause.

959 days ago
35.

karlew    

Exclusive details? I heard all this over an hour ago on the CBC. You know you're slow if those guys are scooping you. lol (at this point it says TMZ posted this item 43 minutes ago)

959 days ago
36.

FO REAL    

GOOOOOD....THESE POOR PEOPLE NEED HELP. WE ARE SPOLIED ROTTEN IN AMERICA.

959 days ago
37.

Marlina    

Good for him! he knew this would bring attention because Americans only pay attention to celeb gossip. He is awesome. We need more attention on real problems. He was out of jail with in the hour tops. GOOD JOB!!

959 days ago
38.

TiltDogg    

Send in Chuck Norris. Game Over.

959 days ago
39.

Lemonade    

What the Sudanese go through at the hands of the rebels is unspeakable. I'm glad a familiar name is bringing more attention to the situation.

There are several Sudanese where I work who have been lucky and got out, - courtesy of sponsors from the Catholic church.

Everyday you all should thank your lucky stars you are American. No matter how badly you think you've got it in this country really pales in comparison to what's going on over there.

959 days ago
40.

starbuck12    

I am positive he crossed that line on purpose to get arrested which a pretty smart move if he wants light shed on the crisis. Good work

959 days ago
41.

SUNIA3    

Ok that's it!! No more White House dinners for him!!!

959 days ago
42.

katie10    

great job, george..at least you're doing something! George doesn't need to do this for fame or anything else..he's stickin' rich and this is his passion.

Guarantee you'll never see ONE right wing nutjob ever protesting anything close to this, where they actually have to go into harms way, etc...other than trying to revoke the rights of women, taking us back a good 100 years, or protesting their right to 'bear arms'..i.e, kill innocent animals by way of 'sport'. Lame AZZ uneducated stupid right wingers, can't stand them!

Thanks for the awareness, George. Now we see it so HOW can we turn our backs?

959 days ago
43.

caroline     

Just wondering, is this arrest the result of H.R. 347 that was recently signed into law?

959 days ago
44.

Canadasux    

I don't agree with George Clooney's politics at all, except for this one. This Sudan thing is a straight-up atrocity! The only thing I wish the media would report more about is that this Sudan debacle is about Muslims killing, maiming, butchering, raping, burning and/or enslaving ("ethnic cleansing") innocent Christians! So, on this one: Go George!

959 days ago
45.

quezcotl    

Clooney, who had dinner with the president many times "gets arrested" you keep fighting the power Clooney, im sure if you keep protesting people will think the power isnt the democrats/obama but those evil republicans again... burrr!! Remember.

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