- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (AP) - Actress Lucy Lawless has pleaded guilty to trespass after she and other activists protested aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand.

She is due to be sentenced in September and faces a maximum three years in jail. Prosecutors reduced a more serious charge of burglary.

Lawless, 44, a native New Zealander, is best known for her title role in the TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and more recently for starring in the Starz cable television series “Spartacus.”

In February, she and five other Greenpeace environmental activists spent four days perched atop a 174-foot (53-meter) drilling tower on the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki in a protest against Arctic oil exploration. Eight activists pleaded guilty Thursday at the Auckland District Court.