‘Divergent’ Actress Says Cops Searched Her Butt For Drugs
Actress In Jail: ‘Like Get Naked, Turn Over, Spread Your Butt Cheeks, Bend Over’
Actress Shailene Woodley says she had to bend over and spread her butt cheeks during a strip search after she was arrested in October for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline.
Woodley, 25, had live-streamed her arrest on Facebook as she was picked up for criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot while protesting, according to ABC News.
Woodley told Marie Claire UK in an interview, “I was strip-searched. Like get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over.”
ABC News said the experience was sobering for Woodley.
“When you’re in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realize no one can save you,” Woodley said. “If there’s a fire and they decide not to open the door, you’ll die. You are a caged animal.”
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department responded to ABC News about Woodley’s claims.
“As is standard procedure within detention facilities, all arrested individuals must undergo a visual assessment in which they are checked for any open wounds or sores, bruising, cuts or other health risks, as well as the possession of drugs,” the statement read. “This is to ensure the safety of the other inmates in which they will be housed.”
The statement added, “All female inmates are assessed by female law enforcement, and male inmates by male law enforcement. Our facility has evacuation procedures, so in the event of a fire or other emergency, each cell block would be opened, inmates restrained, and then escorted to one of several exits to leave the building to be taken to safety.”
ABC News reported that Shailene Woodley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one-year probation.
The actress told the New York Times in August that she was considering running for Congress.