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Woodley pleads not guilty in pipeline protest

Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges stemming from her high-profile arrest with 27 other people while protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, court documents show.

The 24-year-old film star was not in court for the brief hearing in Morton County District Court, in North Dakota, where her attorney entered the pleas to misdemeanor counts of trespassing and engaging in a riot, according to the documents.

Woodley, who had been broadcasting the Oct. 10 protest on Facebook Live at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the town of St. Anthony, was seen on camera being taken into custody. The actress narrated her own arrest, saying she had been heading peacefully back to her vehicle when, “They grabbed me by my jacket and said that I wasn’t allowed to continue … and they have giant guns and batons and zip ties and they are not letting me go.” (Reuters)

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