Rosario Dawson voiced her opposition to corruption in politics and got arrested for it.
The “Daredevil” actress was among the more than 400 demonstrators who were arrested late last week during a Democracy Spring protest in Washington D.C., on Friday.
“This is a tremendous issue, and I’m grateful that I could be a here and be a part of it,” she told reporters after her arrest in a YouTube video being circulated online. “I wanted for me, personally, to be in solidarity with the people who put themselves on the line.”
According to reports, Dawson, 36, was apprehended for “crowding, obstructing or incommoding” after she crossed police lines during the rally. The actress, who admitted that she was warned multiple times that she would be arrested, was fined $50, and her arrest was processed on-site. She was not handcuffed.
“I think there was maybe a desire to not particularly have me arrested because they didn’t want that to be put out there,” Dawson said in the video. “So we got up when they walked away, and we sat down, and we were arrested … We were putting ourselves on the line for what a lot of people across America, and I think across the planet, really want to be able to see happen in America, which is one person, one vote, and to really take the money out of politics so that we can have fair elections,... and we can have true options for our leadership.”
Dawson said that despite her arrest, the police were “really great with us and really lovely. I have to say that is not the case for so many people.”
This isn't the first time the “Sin City” actress has had a run-in with the law. She was previously arrested at a rally protesting former President George W. Bush in 2004.
The actress is a staunch supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – she was wearing a leather jacket with his face on it when she was arrested. She also appears in a five-minute extended edition of the new Spike Lee-produced campaign ad for the U.S. senator from Vermont.