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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Sex and the City actress cleared
Sex and the City actresses
Nixon (third from left) was protesting against budget cuts
American actress Cynthia Nixon - a star of Sex and the City - has had charges of disorderly conduct against her dropped in a US court on Wednesday.

Following the hearing at Manhattan Criminal City Court, the judge dismissed the case without stating a reason.

Ms Nixon had pleaded not guilty to the charges, made following her arrest on 14 May for obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic outside City Hall in New York.

Ms Nixon - who plays Miranda Hobbes in TV drama series Sex and the City - was taking part in a protest rally against government cuts in education funding at the time of her arrest.


I didn't do this as a television actress: I did this as a New York city public school graduate and as a mother of a child in public school

Cynthia Nixon

During the hearing Ms Nixon addressed the court.

"I'm here today because some of us were arrested last month in an act of civil disobedience," she said.

"We were protesting the proposed budget cuts to education in this city and also the general under funding of education."

Education funding has been under discussion between New York's City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg following the financial problems caused by 11 September.

New York faces a $5bn deficit its $41.8bn budget.

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Ms Nixon is one of a number of US celebrities who have been protesting against the proposed cuts in education.

The hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean was also arrested earlier this month at a demonstration organised by the Hip-Hop Coalition.

Ms Nixon said her involvement in the protests had brought a new awareness to education funding.

"The day after the arrests it did get a lot of press coverage. A lot of people talk to me on the street and always say, 'we love your show'.

"Now I get a very different kind of response from people and it's nice."

She added that her co-stars and the production staff from Sex and the City had also been "very supportive".

Ms Nixon, a native of new York, has a five-year-old daughter with her partner Daniel Mozes.

She attends a public school on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Ms Nixon said: "I didn't do this as a television actress. I did this as a New York city public school graduate and as a mother of a child in public school."

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