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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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Delmar April 28 2014 at 6:09 PM

until he walks down the isle, I wouldn't count it as being off the market yet

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mharris561 April 28 2014 at 12:42 PM

who cares?

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altartender April 28 2014 at 2:00 PM

Big deal. (yawnnn )

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Jane April 28 2014 at 2:10 PM

I say she must have something on him as he has dated women for quite a number of years....dumped them...and gone other to others. Now this one comes in and in a matter of months has gotten his heart. Don't think so. She has something on him as I said. s

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Micheles Third Jane April 28 2014 at 3:17 PM

that's HIS problem.
he always appears so full of himself and is no better than any other person- just happened to get lucky with fame and fortune. if i saw him in person, i would go the other way.

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jdonoh4 April 28 2014 at 2:27 PM

Cool scarf. NOT!!!

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buckeye3118 April 28 2014 at 2:10 PM

Which one of his three homes will he lose in the divorce?

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William April 28 2014 at 11:08 AM

she looks just like him only female

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Kate April 28 2014 at 12:16 PM

I don't know why this was supposed to 'break millions of hearts,' laugh-- no ordinary woman ever had a chance anyway.

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susandanielspi Kate April 28 2014 at 12:28 PM

No normal woman would want Peter Pan.

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Carol April 28 2014 at 4:28 PM

Never say never. He has had his share of beautiful women. Ready to settle down.

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Valerie April 28 2014 at 4:30 PM

I guess there really is someone for everyone out there. Sounds like a perfect match. Congrats!

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