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'Sorry I'm Not There!': Jane Fonda Accepted An Award While Getting Arrested

Jane Fonda has made a rather unconventional award acceptance speech -- while in handcuffs.

Fonda was announced as the recipient of the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film at the BAFTA Britannia ceremony in Los Angeles -- but had a very good reason for not showing up to the event at the Beverly Hilton.

The 81-year-old actor has been protesting for climate action in Washington, D.C. and has been arrested three times in the last three weeks for 'unlawful demonstration', most recently with fellow actor, Ted Danson.

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"I'm sorry I'm not there but, as you may have heard, I've been getting arrested," Fonda explained from D.C. in a video played at the BAFTA event.

"I decided that I needed to do more and so I've moved to D.C. for four months to try and heighten the sense of emergency that there needs to be," she said, referring to the international climate crisis.

The 'Grace and Frankie' actor was filmed being arrested for the third time this year on Friday, yelling out parts of her speech with her hands cuffed in plastic zip ties.

"Thank you, BAFTA!" she said, adding, "I'm sorry I'm not there!"

Fonda has previously explained to the Los Angeles Times that she was inspired to up her climate activism efforts because of the way author Naomi Klein wrote about 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in her book, 'On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal'.

"And when Naomi described it, I realised that here is this young person who ... she’s not influenced by what other people think," she told the Times.

Fonda was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s. She was arrested for 'drug smuggling' at an airport in Cleveland in 1970 -- as she returned from an antiwWar speaking engagement in Canada, authorities found vitamins in her luggage.

"They confiscated that [her vitamin envelopes] as well as my address book (which was photocopied) and arrested me for drug smuggling," Fonda wrote in a blog post in 2009.

"I told them what they were but they said they were getting orders from the White House -- that would be the Nixon White House. I think they hoped this “scandal” would cause the college speeches to be cancelled and ruin my respectability."

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