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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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JACK AND DEE April 28 2014 at 10:18 AM

Cubs won yesterday!

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kpflip April 28 2014 at 11:01 AM

Besides being old enough to almost be her father, I feel she must be blind sighted in love.
However, George Clooney is a narcissist. He is in love with himself first and foremost.
I think she would be better off just living with him. Their live are professionally busy
and it will never work. George is used to living it "his way".

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janaystclair kpflip April 28 2014 at 11:06 AM

I agree 100%...narcissist always want the 'best for them'...no matter what the other person has
to give-up...she will soon realize (1 year) that's he's all for himself...moving on to the next one...will be
like a Liz Taylor diary.

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johnemac44 April 28 2014 at 12:24 PM

Who really cares?????? give it a year and it is over,he is a jerk;

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mcpackerfan April 28 2014 at 11:02 AM

This affects my life how?

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Stewedtom@aol. April 28 2014 at 4:52 PM

And this is important international news? Please, who really cares?

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MatBcourt April 28 2014 at 4:51 PM

She kind of looks like a female version, of a younger George Clooney.

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imv MatBcourt April 28 2014 at 4:59 PM

.. figures, he's probably likes her because he'd be marrying himself.

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lindalu5555 April 28 2014 at 4:51 PM

HE MAY BE ENGAGED BUT I BET THE MARRIAGE NEVER COMES OFF!

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heart2survive April 28 2014 at 11:05 AM

Congratulations to this couple. Good for them. I am also happy to know because of her youthful age, Mr. Clooney may now know the pleasure of being a father. Now that child will be very lucky, born blessed by two very caring and loving people...

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h s pernell md April 28 2014 at 4:46 PM

Let me see , this a highly educated young woman, marrying an limitedly educated old man with money, perfect match !

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pebel62 April 28 2014 at 4:34 PM

Lets remember he was Booker on Roseanne.

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