George Clooney was arrested today outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC, during a protest of the country’s abuse of human rights. The Guardian reports that George Clooney had planned to be arrested all along, hoping that his arrest would help draw greater awareness of the cause
"I'm just trying to raise attention," George Clooney told reporters as he was led away by officers. Referring to the children of the Sudan, he stated, "Stop raping them and stop starving them. That's all that we ask.”
Clooney and his 78-year-old journalist father were protesting Sudan’s blocking supplies and humanitarian aide to its people
"They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children," Clooney's publicist said in a statement published by TMZ. "They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."
"It's actually a humiliating thing to be arrested no matter what you do, but I'm glad to be standing here with my father," Clooney added.
NBC has also reported that Martin Luther King III, former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Maine), Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Nick Clooney (the actor's father), NAACP President Ben Jealous were also arrested during the protest.
Early in the week George Clooney was in attendance at a White House State Dinner, in which he sat at the head table with Michelle Obama.
Clooney has been a long-time outspoken opponent of the Sudanese government