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George Clooney, UK human rights lawyer are engaged - law firm

Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:03am EDT




(Reuters) - A London law firm confirmed the worst-kept secret in show business on Monday by sending congratulations to one of its lawyers and Hollywood leading man George Clooney on their engagement.

Media speculation that Clooney had gone back on his vow never to remarry grew at the weekend after his girlfriend, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, was spotted wearing a large ring on her wedding finger at a Los Angeles restaurant.

The couple have said nothing and Clooney's representative declined to comment on the actor's personal life, but on Monday Alamuddin's law firm released a statement.

"The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr George Clooney on their engagement to be married," the firm said.

Clooney, 52, and Alamuddin, 36, have been dating since last October, according to media reports.

Clooney, a two-time Oscar winner and human rights activist, has been married once, but since his 1993 divorce from Talia Balsam has remained one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors.

Apart from his acting, Clooney has also recently worked as an advocate for refugees in Darfur in Sudan.

"BRIGHT LIGHT"

The London law firm said it had recruited Alamuddin in 2010 to complete her training as a barrister in England and she later became a full member, joining its international law team.

She was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford University, and New York University School of Law and speaks Arabic and French fluently, according to the law firm's website.

Alamuddin has advised United Nations former secretary-general Kofi Annan on Syria, represented Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in challenging her detention before the European Court of Human Rights and has also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings.

Alamuddin drew publicity last year when she was named as topping an online "hot list" of attractive female barristers in Britain.

Barrister Geoffrey Robertson, who took Alamuddin on at Doughty Street chambers and worked with her on the Tymoshenko and Assange cases, described her as a "brilliant and passionate defender of human rights" who was respected by her colleagues.

The chief executive of her law firm, Robin Jackson, added his personal congratulations.

"She brings a bright light to everything she is involved in, and I am so delighted at her happy news," he said.

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wefcbf@aol.com April 28 2014 at 12:49 PM

We couldn't be more excited! Too, he could drop dead today and that would be fine also.

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Tom April 28 2014 at 4:30 PM

Okay... Place your bets... I'll put the over under at 1 year 8 months....

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Steve Tom April 28 2014 at 4:33 PM

Such a positive person you are.

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rosemaryram April 28 2014 at 12:22 PM

I do not like being too sarcastic, but in Hollywood and the movie stars revolving-door marriages, I wonder how long this marriage, if it happens, will last. Nothing is "forever" or "until death do us apart" in Hollywood, California. There is too much jealousy of each spouse's career; see the movie "All About Eve."

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JACK AND DEE April 28 2014 at 10:18 AM

Cubs won yesterday!

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William April 28 2014 at 11:08 AM

she looks just like him only female

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Hello Neo! April 28 2014 at 4:31 PM

Who cares first off. And secondly, who dug up Michael Jackson.

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Denise April 28 2014 at 12:23 PM

Dating almost SIX MONTHS??? I have to wonder how long this one will last. If it happens.

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susandanielspi Denise April 28 2014 at 12:27 PM

It won't. Clooney is seeking publicity. He must have a lousy movie coming out.

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Sunny April 28 2014 at 11:06 AM

Not a very attractive woman but looks are not everything. However, she may be attractive to some, and obviously to Mr. Clooney. Everyone has their own tastes as to what is beautiful.

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pebel62 April 28 2014 at 4:34 PM

Lets remember he was Booker on Roseanne.

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folklifer April 28 2014 at 5:57 PM

Can't believe such hate and vitriol over a simple engagement announcement. He seems to have found someone who matches him in intellect and social interests. I wish them well. The first thing that struck me about her picture was that her eyes and eyebrows were reminiscent of Joan Crawford's. I'm not sure how some people define beauty, but this woman is far from ugly as some have remarked. As Thumper's mother so aptly taught him, "If you can't same something nice, don't say anything at all."

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CaliforniaBoomer folklifer April 28 2014 at 6:14 PM

folklifer:
I agree with you totally. Some of the comments on this post have been absolutely vile and unkind. I also wish Mr. Clooney and his wife-to-be the best and I hope those who are posting realize that looks have nothing to do with the love people feel and have for each other. The best to you.

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bentbouy1 folklifer April 28 2014 at 6:43 PM

Hes the one who is always parading new women for the photogs to take pics of guess we can make comments on this one.

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