Friday gossip roundup: George Clooney arrested at D.C. protest outside Sudan embassy
As on every Friday, today’s gossip roundup is a gossip mega-story. Enjoy!
It’s a fantasy that women across the world have envisioned for years: George Clooney in a pair of handcuffs.
It came true today, though not on satin sheets in a candlelit room — in front of the Sudan embassy in Washington, D.C.
The actor was taking part in a protest against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Activists claim he is responsible for blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains along the border with South Sudan. Protesters, including Clooney, were calling for al-Bashir’s arrest and trial on charges of genocide in front of the International Criminal Court.
Clooney and his journalist father, Nick Clooney, were arrested, along with several other notable activists, including NAACP president Ben Jealous and Martin Luther King III, according to CBC News.
As he was led away in zip tie handcuffs, Clooney said to reporters, “Well, it’s not actually a humiliating thing to be arrested no matter what you do, but I’m proud to be standing here with my father.”
Clooney is one of Hollywood’s more motivated stars when it comes to humanitarian issues. Yesterday, he warned members of the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee that there is “murder and fear and displacement and starvation” in Sudan right now.