According to the BBC
, his crime was civil disobedience when attending a demonstration outside Sudan’s embassy in Washington, DC.
Despite several police warnings to leave the grounds of the embassy, he and his father Nick were both detained, and this is probably what Clooney intended to happen.
George Ogilvie, the spokesman for the Secret Service told reporters: "George Clooney was arrested for crossing a police line at the Sudan embassy and he'll be transported to the Metropolitan police department second district."
Clooney wants to spread the word of a humanitarian crisis in the volatile border area between Sudan and South Sudan. The Hollywood star has made several trips to the region and is keen to aid the people in the Nuba mountains area, who have been victims of rocket attacks. Clooney secretly visited the area recently and members of his group witnessed a rocket attack on the people. (Video below).
also reported that several other persons were arrested along with Clooney and his father, including Martin Luther King III (son of the famous civil rights leader), Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous and also Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern.
comes just one day after Clooney met President Barack Obama at the White House to apprise him of the situation in the Sudan and attend a state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.
This week, Clooney told the US Senate Relations Committee that what was going on in the region was "ominously similar" to the violence in Darfur. In the video below, ethnic cleansing is discussed and black Africans advise that the arab people "want them gone".
Apparently the UN has estimated that almost 300,000 people have died and another 2.7 million have been displaced since the conflict in Darfur started in 2003.