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Berkeley Animal Rights Activist Due In Court For Confronting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos In Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A lawyer says a plea deal may be in the works for an animal welfare activist from the Bay Area who was arrested after approaching Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on a conference stage in Las Vegas.

Attorney David Chesnoff told a judge on Monday he's talking with prosecutors about reducing a felony false identification charge against 30-year-old Priya Sawhney of Berkeley.

Court records show prosecutors have dropped a burglary charge stemming from Sawhney's June 6 arrest.

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An animal rights activist (L) rushes the stage to interupt Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (R) as he talks with moderator Jenny Freshwater during a keynote session at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6, 2019. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Sawhney wasn't in court. The judge rescheduled her appearance for July 22.

Video showed Sawhney on stage yelling about chicken farms during Bezos' appearance at an Amazon event at the Aria resort.

A protest group called Direct Action Everywhere says Sawhney was protesting conditions at a California poultry farm that supplies Amazon.

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