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Shailene Woodley reaches deal to avoid jail over pipeline protest

Shailene Woodley Image copyright AP
Image caption Woodley was meant to stand trial later this week

US actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal over her involvement in the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Woodley, star of the Divergent series, was one of 27 people arrested at the site last October.

She has now signed a document agreeing to plead guilty to misdemeanour disorderly conduct, which would mean she would avoid jail.

The pipeline project has been highly controversial and drawn huge protests.

Native Americans say it will desecrate sacred land and damage the environment.

What's behind the controversy?

Image copyright Morton County Sheriff's Department/AP
Image caption The actress was arrested in October

Woodley, who livestreamed her arrest on Facebook, initially pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass and engaging in a riot.

Her plea deal, which is awaiting the approval of a judge, would see her serve a year's unsupervised probation and forfeit a $500 (£400) bond.

The actress, who is also known for roles in The Fault in Our Stars and Big Little Lies, was scheduled to stand trial on Friday.


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