Star Trek: First Contact and American Horror Story: Asylum star James Cromwell has been sentenced to seven days in prison after refusing to pay a $375 fine related to his arrest at an environmental protest in Wawayanda, New York.
The actor and five others were charged with obstructing traffic on December 15, 2015, at a prospective natural gas power plant owned by Competitive Power Ventures. While three of the protestors chose to pay the fine, three did not. The other two are former New York State Senate candidate Pramilla Malick and environmental activist Madeline Shaw.
The group argued that the carbon emissions generated by the power plant posed an imminent threat to the local environment and that it would accelerate climate change.
The court set a new deadline, July 14, to pay the fine. However, Cromwell has asserted that he will stick to his principles. After missing the initial deadline, which was last Thursday, Entertainment Weekly reported that Cromwell told the Times-Herald Record, "If we don’t stay together, nothing will change. Power to the people."
Cromwell is set to star in the upcoming film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The film is directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Arriving June 22, 2018, the film features returning stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)