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George Clooney Arrested (and Released) In Washington D.C.

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UPDATE: According to a report from MSNBC, Oscar winner and Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney was arrested earlier today while staging a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C. He was later released after paying a $100 fine.

Clooney, who in recent years has become an outspoken political activist both offscreen and on screen in films like "Syriana" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," was taken away in handcuffs after crossing a police line. Also arrested alongside Clooney were his father, journalist Nick Clooney, as well as Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and several current and former congressmen.

But all eyes were on Clooney, who was on hand to protest the Sudanese government's decision to block humanitarian aid from the United States and other foreign agencies.

"We need immediate humanitarian aid into Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world," Clooney said in a speech outside the embassy before being arrested. He went on to demand that the Sudanese government "stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them, and stop starving them."

After his release, Clooney was able to find some humor in the situation according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Listen, what we've been trying to achieve today is we're trying to bring attention to an ongoing emergency," Clooney said. "Our job right now is to try to bring attention to it, and one of those ways was, apparently, get arrested."

"It is my first arrest, thanks for asking," he added. "And let's hope it's my last."

Clooney is no stranger to the issues facing Sudan, having just returned from a first hand fact finding mission. According to the report, last Thursday Clooney "testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about what he saw in Sudan; then met with Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Obama in the Oval Office."

Here's a look at Clooney and his comrades-in-arms being arrested in front of the Sudanese embassy earlier today.

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(Originally published on March 16, 2012, at 12:29 p.m. ET)

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