Shailene Woodley Speaks Out on Horrifying Arrest: "They Were Looking for Drugs in My Ass"

This is a complete violation.

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Shailene Woodley was one of the most vocal protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and was arrested (opens in new tab) while at Standing Rock—an event that she chronicled on Facebook live. While the news was upsetting at the time, nothing could have prepared us for how awful the actual circumstances of the star's arrest were.

"I'm like, 'This is some Divergent shit,'" she told Marie Claire UK (opens in new tab), explaining that the police told her to "get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over. They were looking for drugs in my ass."

Obviously strip searches are common, but—at least from an outside observer's perspective—this seems like a gross violation, and a disturbing decision on the part of whoever conducted the search. "When you're in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realize no one can save you," Woodley continued. "If there's a fire and they decide not to open the door, you'll die. You are a caged animal."

Shailene has talked about her arrest previously, and tried to step back from being to focus of the protest: "The day I was detained, 26 others had to dress in orange as well, as they were booked into the Morton County jail," she wrote (opens in new tab) in an essay. "Did you hear about them?"

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.