Jane Fonda spends night in jail

Jane Fonda has been arrested again at a climate change protest in Washington.
Jane Fonda has been arrested again at a climate change protest in Washington.

Actress and activist Jane Fonda has spent a night in a local jail after her fourth arrest in as many weeks while participating in a climate change demonstration on Capitol Hill.

The 81-year-old Oscar winner was among more than 40 people arrested on Friday while sitting in the atrium of Washington's Hart Senate Office Building.

A spokesman for Fire Drill Fridays, Ira Arlook, says Fonda was the only one who spent the night in jail, her first as part of the ongoing demonstration.

Arlook says Fonda appeared in Superior Court about 1pm on Saturday and was released.

Fonda has said she plans to get arrested every Friday as she advocates for reducing the use of fossil fuels. A rally with speakers on various climate-related topics precedes the civil disobedience.

Australian Associated Press