Jane Fonda delivers award ceremony speech in handcuffs after arrest at climate change protest

'Sorry I'm not there,' she said while being led away by police

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 26 October 2019 16:20 BST
Jane Fonda gives Bafta acceptance speech during arrest

Jane Fonda accepted an award while in handcuffs after being arrested for protesting climate change.

The actor was detained in Washington DC on Friday, for participating in a demonstration in favour of a Green New Deal. Ted Danson was also arrested.

Fonda was unable to attend the British Academy Britannia Awards ceremony that took place in Beverly Hills later that evening, where she was honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

In a video released as part of her acceptance speech, Fonda – detained by police – can be heard shouting: "Thank you, Bafta! I'm very honoured."

Holing up her handcuffed hands, Fonda adds: "Sorry I'm not there."

Friday marked the third week in a row that Fonda was detained while demonstrating. It was the first time that Danson has joined the movement, and the first time he's been arrested as part of a Fire Drill Fridays protest.

Photos of the arrests show both actors smiling while being placed in hand restraints.

Fonda is organising Fire Drill Fridays protests until January in an attempt to raise awareness and demand political action on climate change.

Her movement was inspired by Greta Thunberg.

Fonda says she has now moved to Washington DC to be “closer to the epicentre of the fight for our climate”.

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