George Clooney was released from police custody Friday afternoon after paying a $100 fine. Earlier in the day, Clooney, his father and current and former members of congress were arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C.

Authorities cautioned the group three times not to cross a police line, but Clooney and the group did not heed the warnings. Also arrested were Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.), Rep. Al Green (D-Tx.) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Maine), NAACP president Ben Jealous, Martin Luther King III and actor Dick Gregory.

Though they caused hysteria on Twitter and other social networks, the arrests were not widely anticipated. Before his arrest, Clooney told The Huffington Post that he hoped shedding light on the abuses of the Sudanese government would pressure the country's president into allowing humanitarian aid into beleaguered regions of the nation.

"The goal for today is the same goal its been all along and will continue to be and not be accomplished today or anytime in the near future," Clooney said. "But it's a job that we have to continually do which is raise attention; protest the idea of a government attacking and killing its own innocent men, women and children and allowing aid to get in now because in the next few months it could be the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world and thats the important thing."

Though Ann Curry quoted Clooney as saying being arrested was "a humiliating thing," he was able to keep a light view of his time in jail.

"It was really rough, you can imagine," the actor and activist joked to reporters after being released. "Have you ever been in a cell with these guys?"

For more on the developments, including HuffPost's live blog of the morning's events, read our original story.

PHOTOS: George Clooney Arrested In D.C.

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  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (2R) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (L) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (C) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (L) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (2R) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (C) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (C) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (C) is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • George Clooney Addresses The Media After Meeting President Obama

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Actor George Clooney (C) shakes hands with Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper (R) March 15, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Clooney had meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the current situations in Darfur, Sudan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • George Clooney Addresses The Media After Meeting President Obama

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Actor George Clooney (L) speaks to the media March 15, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Clooney had meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the current situations in Darfur, Sudan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (2nd R) and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) (L) are arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (L) and his journalist father Nick Clooney (2nd L) are arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: (ALTERNATIVE CROP) Journalist Nick Clooney (L), his son actor George Clooney (2nd L) and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) (2nd R) are arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (2nd L) is arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Journalist Nick Clooney (2nd R), his son actor George Clooney (3rd R) and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) (4th R) are arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: President of United to End Genocide Tom Andrews (L) pats actor George Clooney (3rd L) on the back as he is arrested with his journalist father Nick Clooney (R) and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) (2nd L) by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (2nd R) is arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney (2nd L) is arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Activists, Congressional members, human rights and faith leaders participated in a civil disobedience to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's blockading of food and humanitarian aid for a half a million people in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Actor George Clooney waits to be arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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