Hollywood actor and activist George Clooney was arrested by the Secret Service on Friday while protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Secret Service Spokesman Max Millien tells CNN Clooney was charged with disorderly crossing of a police line and was “fully compliant” with Secret Service officers at the time of his arrest. A law enforcement official tells CNN, Clooney was expected to pay a $100.00 fine.
Only a few hours after his arrest, Clooney and his father, Nick, were released and talked to cameras as they left a D.C. jail.
"What we were trying to do today was bring attention to an ongoing emergency," said Clooney. "Our job right now is to bring attention to it and one of those ways was apparently getting arrested. I guess we aren't allowed to hang out outside the Sudanese Embassy."
When asked how he was treated during his brief time in lock-up, Clooney joked, "It was really rough, you can imagine."
The arrest comes a day after Clooney met with President Obama to discuss the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Clooney spoke to reporters outside the White House on Thursday and said, “Our job is to find periods of time when it is most crucial to talk about it, when there's something that we may be able to do to bring attention at a crucial moment and try to keep that in the public eye. You can't have it be there all the time.”