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Jane Fonda Avoids Fifth Arrest During Climate Change Protest in DC

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WASHINGTON DC (TMZ) — Jane Fonda ‘s “Fire Drill Fridays” arrest streak is over — she avoided handcuffs this time, but only at the behest of the climate change movement for which she’s become the face … TMZ has learned.

The actress showed up Friday in Washington, D.C. and — like she has week after week — she urged Congress to act on climate change. Then she started marching with other protesters, and this is usually when police step in and issue 3 warnings … before taking Jane and others into custody.

But, it never happened. Jane simply got into a waiting SUV and bounced.

Why? Sources with direct knowledge tell us … protest organizers urged Jane not to get arrested for what would have been her 5th time in as many weeks because she risked more than a month in jail. Jane currently has an open court date later this month, stemming from her third arrest, and because of that she could have faced 30 to 90 days behind bars.

We’re told the “Fire Drill Fridays” folks made it clear to Jane she was more valuable to the them leading the weekly protest — drawing a spotlight to the cause — than she would be rotting in a jail cell.

Ben & Jerry’s cofounders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield also joined Jane. So far, they have avoided getting hauled away. We’re told the police appear to be giving everyone a pass this week because the dozens of weekly arrests just become a nuisance for law enforcement.

To that point, Ben and Jerry definitely charmed at least one Secret Service agent on the scene with their weapon of choice … a cup of their world famous ice cream. Brilliant move.

Ben and Jerry are still here, now eating ice cream. They also gave a hug to one of their fans, a Secret Service agent.

As we’ve reported hereherehere and here … the protests were inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg. Jane’s 4th arrest last week meant she had to spend a night in jail.

Celebrities alike have joined Jane at the nation’s capital and see the arrest as a badge of honor. Jerry told us earlier this week on “TMZ Live” it didn’t take much pressure from Jane to join her on the frontlines.

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As you probably know by now … Ben & Jerry’s have been calling for climate change action for YEARS now. They even launched a Save Our Swirled flavor to shine a spotlight on saving the planet.

Some of the other celebs who have joined Jane on her mission include Ted Danson, Sam Waterston and Catherine Keener.

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TMZ refers to to a studio-established “thirty mile zone” to monitor rules for filming in Hollywood. The center of the zone was the offices of The Association of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, formerly at Beverly and La Cienega Boulevard. Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check https://www.tmz.com/shows/ for syndicated/local listings at the bottom of the page)

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Bethenny Frankel to Deliver Half-a-Million Masks in Wake of Coronavirus

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(TMZ) — Bethenny Frankel is about to deliver half-a-million masks to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are at high risk for contracting coronavirus, and the decks have just been cleared to deliver them quickly.

FEMA has told hospital workers they can get masks outside normal channels and get reimbursement because the supply is so critically lacking.

Bethenny tells TMZ, she’s getting thousands of messages a day from medical professionals — many in New York but also other areas of the country — begging for help.

Bethenny is working with manufacturers from all over the world to make masks, and the number she’s making has ballooned from 10,000 to 500,000 N-95 masks and counting.

She says the masks will be available in a few and they will go directly to the people who need it, because the red tape is being eliminated.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation Donates $5M to Coronavirus Relief

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(TMZ) — Rihanna ‘s Clara Lionel Foundation just made a massive donation in an effort to help support those challenged by and working to stop the coronavirus.

RiRi has pledged $5 MILLION to support groups in the United States and around the world. We’re told the cash will be used to support a myriad of efforts including local food banks serving at-risk communities in the U.S., speed up testing and medical care in countries like Haiti and Malawi.

The donation will also help doctors and nurses on the frontlines … with protective equipment, maintenance of intensive care units and the acceleration of the development of vaccines and other methods to fight the disease. It will also be used to help distribute critical respiratory supplies.

CLF’s Executive Director, Justine Lucas, tells us, “Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and underserved communities — those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic.”

Rihanna founded CLF in 2012, the group has worked tirelessly to support and fund education and emergency response programs around the world. CLF is accepting donations on its website to continue its fight.

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CA Medical Association Urges Plastic Surgeons for Emergency Help

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BEVERLY HILLS (TMZ) — Plastic surgeons can help a real cause … donating much-needed medical equipment to help doctors combat the coronavirus.

TMZ’s obtained this letter penned by the California Medical Association and sent to several prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeons — along with the rest of the state’s outpatient surgery/procedural facilities — to urgently redeploy resources to meet the coming increase demand for health care services.

What’s more … the CMA’s also desperately trying to take an inventory of ventilation equipment that may be able to be redeployed to hospitals and other facilities currently dealing with COVID-19 patients. Specifically, hospitals are in dire need of masks and gowns.

Plastic surgeons across the state are also being asked to take a survey “to help identify our current health care resources as we all scramble to deal with the COVID-19 emergency.”

If the CMA — a professional organization representing California physicians — says it’s asking for as much equipment as possible, this could put a damper on celebs who may wanna take this time to get a touch up via their plastic surgeon.

As we first reported … “Botched” star and doc Terry Dubrow says celebs are clamoring for plastic surgery while everyone is out of the public eye during the coronavirus pandemic.

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