Jane Fonda almost spent her 82nd birthday behind bars.
Fonda, who has been leading weekly climate change protests called “Fire Drill Fridays” since early October, was arrested Friday along with 137 other demonstrators inside the Hart Senate Office Building, where 50 U.S. senators have offices. She was released from D.C. jail just before 11 p.m. — about an hour to spare.
On Saturday, Fonda turned 82. She is scheduled to appear in court on charges related to the demonstration in January, organizers said.
As Fonda was led away by a Capitol Police officer, her hands bound by zip ties, a demonstrator called out to the crowd, “Everybody sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jane!” Fonda pumped her arms above her head in triumph as the crowd broke into song.