The Spartacus: Vengeance actress is charged with burglary after boarding the ship Friday in New Zealand

By Tim Nudd
Updated February 27, 2012 08:15 AM
Credit: Greenpeace/Splash News Online

Lucy Lawless was among seven people arrested Monday in an environmental protest in New Zealand, having boarded a Shell-owned oil-drilling ship to prevent it from leaving port.

The Spartacus: Vengeance actress, 43, and six Greenpeace New Zealand companions were charged with burglary, the New Zealand Herald reports.

“This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun,” Lawless said in a statement before being arrested.

“Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down,” she added, referring to the 133,000 people who recently swamped Shell’s computer server by sending protest emails to the company simultaneously.

The seven protesters had boarded the Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki on Friday and spent 77 hours sitting atop its 175-foot drilling tower. They are due to appear in New Plymouth District Court on Thursday.