A report from Washington Post on Feb. 6 indicates that Lawless, and the other activists, were each ordered to pay 651 New Zealand dollars, or $547 American, in costs to a port company. In addition, they must complete 120 hours of community service, due to pleading guilty to the trespassing charges.
The charges stemmed from an incident in February of 2012 when Lawless and six others boarded an oil-drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer. They climbed up to the drilling tower on the vessel to protest oil exploration in the Arctic. Lawless spent four days up on the tower, camping out and blogging about the events. The protest delayed the Noble Discoverer's planned voyage for the Arctic.
The judge declined to order any costs given to Shell Todd Oil Services, which was seeking $545,000 or 650,000 New Zealand dollars for reparations for the ship they chartered. Lawless was pleased with that portion of the verdict, saying after the decision was made:
"I consider it a great victory that the court has struck down the reparation demand from Shell, which I think was absolutely ludicrous."
Lawless added that she was happy to participate in any necessary community service, and doesn't regret her role in the protest, which she feels may have shed light on issues with oil exploration in the Arctic. Lawless has added that she will continue protesting against oil drilling and climate change.
Lucy Lawless is famous for her role on the TV show "Xena: Warrior Princess" and more recently on the STARZ cable TV series, "Spartacus." STARZ is available on Cox Cable channel 261, while STARZ HD is available on channel 1261 for those who subscribe to the premium service in Roanoke.