EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney speaks to TheDC in handcuffs [VIDEO]
At the moment of his arrest outside of Sudan’s embassy in Washington, D.C., Oscar-winning actor George Clooney told The Daily Caller that he did not discuss the planned protest during his Thursday meeting with President Obama, and said that he was most “concerned” about his father who was also in handcuffs.
TheDC asked Clooney, the co-founder of the Satellite Sentinel Project, if he accomplished what he had hoped for at the protest.
“We’ll find out, won’t we? Sorry, officer. It’s a long process, so we’ll see,” said Clooney, in handcuffs.
“I’m concerned with my father, making sure he’s okay right now, you know. He’s 78 years old and never been arrested before.”
TheDC also asked if he talked about the protest on the property of the Embassy of Sudan with Obama. Clooney responded, “No, no, this was something completely different.”
In addition to Clooney and his father, journalist Nick Clooney, Democratic Reps. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, Jim Moran of Virgina and Al Green of Texas were arrested. Activists including NAACP President Ben Jealous, Martin Luther King III and John Prendergast of the Enough Project were also arrested. (RELATED: George Clooney: Obama has been doing a great job)
According to a press release, the protest was held to “demand immediate action to stop Sudan’s use of food as a weapon… half a million people in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions risk starvation because Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is blockading food and humanitarian aid.”
Clooney’s visit to Washington began Wednesday with a testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about Sudan and South Sudan.
UPDATE: George Clooney has been released after paying a $100 fine for trespassing. Clooney was among the group of congressmen and activists arrested for ignoring warnings and crossing a police line outside the embassy.