Jane Fonda Arrested on Steps of Capitol Building in Climate Change Protest

Jane Fonda talks to a crowd of protestors during a global climate rally at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20 2019

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fonda "was protesting with the group Oil Change International over the climate crisis", and was among those arrested and charged with "crowding, obstructing or incommoding".

"Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol", Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki said in a statement to Variety.

On Thursday, the actress vowed to join Friday protests at the Capitol "inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created".

Before Fonda was arrested, she delivered a short speech, during which she said that "we make personal choices like driving an electric vehicle or going vegan, recycling, and we think that that's enough".

Jane Fonda has been arrested in Washington, D.C.

According to a press release, Fonda will be joined at every "Fire Drill Friday" through at least the middle of January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and aren't afraid to be arrested in the process.

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Officials confirmed her arrest, though details about her arrest are not clear.

Fonda is as famous for her activism as she is for her acting.

She moved to Washington DC to be greater involved in the fight against climate change, she said. The cameras flashed. I got up, and as I started to walk back to the auto with the translator, the implication of what had just happened hit me.

Fonda said the rallies will concentrate on a push to stop all new leasing permits for fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and to seek a gradual phaseout over 30 years, so that people who work for the fossil fuel industry will get "decent union jobs" that can support families.

She explained: 'I know men like him.

"I think every single human being has to say, 'What can I do to put this at the forefront?'" Fonda added.

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