Oscar winner George Clooney hits the red carpet in Beverly Hills, CA. (Source: CNN)
George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington on Friday. (Source: CNN)
Actor George Clooney arrives at the White House State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (Source: POOL/CNN)
WASHINGTON (RNN) - Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney and his father have been released from jail following their arrests Friday morning outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
"We're trying to bring attention to an ongoing
emergency," Clooney said.
The Hollywood A-lister said he was drawing attention to alleged war crimes in the African nation, which include the starving, raping and killing of innocent citizens.
"We need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan
before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world -
immediately," Clooney said earlier Friday as he was being dragged away from the embassy in handcuffs.
Clooney was officially charged with the disorderly crossing of a police line, according to CNN. If convicted, he will have to pay a fine.
Clooney's father, a journalist, told reporters he and his son were standing with the Sudanese.
"If we are who we have always said we are as Americans, we should be standing here together, because what we know is that there are people who are in danger now," Nick Clooney said. "We will stand with them as long as they are in danger."
In addition to the two Clooney men, Democratic Reps. Jim Moran, D-VA, and John W. Olver were both arrested, according to CNN.
"Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in the Nuba Mountain region of southern Sudan are facing bombings and starvation at the hands of their own government," Olver said in a statement. "The Sudanese military is blocking relief aid and has created a large-scale food crisis."
Martin Luther King III and NAACP President Ben Jealous were also detained in the incident, according to media reports. The arrests were caught on camera.
The protesters were cuffed and placed in the back of a U.S. Secret Service van after ignoring warnings about crossing a police line, the Associated Press reports.
In a testimony Wednesday before Congress, Clooney alleged that the attacks are being helmed by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, according to CNN. He blamed the trio for organizing the attacks in Darfur, as well.
The next day, Clooney also met President Barack Obama in a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office to discuss his humanitarian concerns, CNN reports.
Clooney was recently nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in The Descendants, which was released on DVD this week.
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A look back at the speech he gave after winning best supporting actor in 2006 provides an interesting foreshadowing of Clooney's arrest Friday morning for disorderly crossing of a police line outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.