Jane Fonda and Ted Danson arrested during a climate change protest

Not in a Good Place! Ted Danson is arrested alongside Jane Fonda as the actress is handcuffed for the THIRD time on the steps of the Capitol during her weekly climate change protest

  • Jane Fonda was arrested for the third time in two weeks during a climate change protest in Washington, DC
  • The 81-year-old actress has vowed to protest in the nation’s capital ‘every Friday’ for at least 14 weeks
  • Also arrested was the star of NBC’s The Good Place, 71-year-old Ted Danson 
  • Danson founded the American Oceans Campaign, now Oceana, in 1987
  • Fonda said she was inspired by other climate activists such as Greta Thunberg
  • She is famous for having protested against the Vietnam War in the 70s, leading to the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’ 

For the third time in two weeks, actress Jane Fonda was arrested while protesting climate change in Washington, DC after vowing to protest ‘every Friday’.

But she wasn’t alone. Star of NBC’s The Good Place, Ted Danson, was also handcuffed during the protest, which took place on the steps of the Capitol.

Photos captured Fonda, 81, dressed in a long red coat, black trousers and black shoes – and in zip-tie handcuffs, raising her hands up as if in triumph.

Meanwhile, Danson, 71, was pictured laughing in the same handcuffs while wearing a grey flat cap, a grey sweater, a grey jacket and blue jeans.

Fonda’s arrest marks the third Friday in a row that the actress has clashed with police during a protest in the nation’s capitol. 

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Jane Fonda was arrested for the third time in two weeks during a climate change protest in Washington, DC

Also arrested was the star of NBC’s The Good Place, 71-year-old Ted Danson


Photos captured Fonda, 81, dressed in a long red coat, black trousers and black shoes and in zip-tie handcuffs (left and right). She held her hands up as if in triumph as she was led to a police car

According to Capitol Police, Fonda and Danson were ‘among 32 people arrested for allegedly unlawfully demonstrating in the intersection of East Capitol and First Streets’

Earlier in the day, Fonda and Danson were seen walking along signs that read ‘Climate Action Now’ and ‘Green New Deal Now’ – a nod to New York representative Alexandria Occasio Cortez’a proposed legislation to tackle climate change.

At one point, Fonda herself held a poster that read: ‘Get in Motion/Save our Ocean.’ 

The two were arrested during an event called Fire Drill Fridays, which are organized by Fonda in an effort to get politicians to address climate change.

Capitol Police released a statement on Friday afternoon that read: ‘Fonda and Danson were among 32 people arrested for allegedly unlawfully demonstrating in the intersection of East Capitol and First Streets.’

The demonstrators are being charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, which are classified as misdemeanors. 

Fonda says she’s relocated to Washington, DC – at least, temporarily – after being inspired by climate change activists such as Greta Thunberg.

‘So, I moved here to do an action every Friday called “Fire Drill Friday” because Greta Thunberg says “our house is on fire we have to behave appropriately”,’ Fonda told reporters last week. 

‘So, we have a fire drill every Friday and every Friday at 11 [am] we will have a different focus on climate.’

The Academy Award winner told The Washington Post earlier this month that she intended on being apprehended while protesting in Washington every Friday for the next 14 weeks. 

‘I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the series, and I’m going to go to DC and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,’ Fonda said.

‘It’ll be called Fire Drill Friday. And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.’ 

She will have to leave in January, however, to resume production on her Netflix show Grace and Frankie.

Earlier in the day, Fonda and Danson were seeing walking along signs that read ‘Climate Action Now’ and ‘Green New Deal Now’ 

At one point, Fonda herself held a poster that read: ‘Get in Motion/Save our Ocean’

Jane Fonda speaks during Fire Drill Friday Climate Change Protest on Friday, demanding a Green New Deal and clean renewable energy by 2030

In his speech, Danson said: All of this is inconvenient. It’s inconvenient for politicians to stop taking money from fossil fuels’

However, Fonda is not the only one with deep roots in the climate change and conservation movement.

Danson helped found the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, whose name was eventually changed to Oceana in 2001. 

In his speech, he said:  All of this is inconvenient. It’s inconvenient for politicians to stop taking money from fossil fuels.’

Fonda has been previously arrested twice during climate change rallies. 

The most recent arrest occurred on October 18 along with her Grace and Frankie co-star Sam Waterston, 78. 

Before her arrests, Fonda compared the need to address climate change with the urgency Americans faced in the 1930s with the Great Depression.

She was reported as saying: ‘Make no mistake. Change is coming whether we like it or not, by disaster or by design.’

Meanwhile, when Waterston was asked by one reporter beforehand if it was the right move to get arrested to highlight the issue, he replied: ‘I have to do something. I don’t know. You got a better idea?’

Fonda sticks out her tongue as she is arrested during the Fire Drill Friday Climate Change Protest on Friday

Fonda says she was inspired to act by climate activists such as Greta Thunberg, from Sweden. Pictured: Thunberg joins Red Cloud Indian School student and activist Tokata Iron Eyes at a youth panel at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, October 2019

American actress and political activist Fonda and her husband, social and political activist Tom Hayden, are seen during an anti-nuclear demonstration in New York


Fonda was arrested in 1970 (left) for assault and battery in Cleveland, Ohio, after she allegedly kicked a cop. All charges were later dropped. Then, in 1972, the actress visited an anti-aircraft position in North Vietnam (right)

The first arrest occurred on October 11 and saw Fonda getting led away by herself and not alongside any celebrity friends.

Fonda was one of the most public faces in the anti-war movement throughout the years that the United States was in Vietnam, but drew the outrage of many in 1972 when she traveled to Hanoi in North Vietnam.

After touring the area and being heavily photographed with the forces that the US were fighting, Fonda publicly attacked her country for bombing farmland and destroying the dyke system which was crucial to feeding much of the population.

The United States denied ever carrying out such an action. She also supported the Black Panthers and marched for the rights of Native Americans, soldiers and working mothers.

In 1970, she went to Fort Meade to hand out anti-war pamphlets to soldiers, but was arrested before she was able to.

She and her then-husband, social and political activist Tom Hayden, were also often pictured at anti-nuclear demonstrations. 

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