Actor George Clooney posted an open letter asking the media not to post photos showing the faces of his children.
The star claims that such images endanger his two children, particularly due to his wife’s job.
Amal Clooney is a human rights lawyer who, the actor notes in his letter, tries terrorist groups.
His comments have been published in several trade magazines, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
The actor, who starred in Gravity and Ocean’s Eleven, said he and his wife aren’t on social media and are protective of their children’s privacy.
Clooney said he decided to write the letter after seeing photos of US actress Billie Lourd’s one-year-old daughter posted online.
The letter is addressed to the “Daily Mail and other publications”. The Daily Mail has not yet responded publicly.
The 60-year-old actor previously turned down an apology from Mail Online, the newspaper’s website, after publishing a false story about Amal’s mother, Baria Alamuddin.
George and Amal Clooney are parents of twins born in 2017. The couple have been married since 2014.
George Clooney’s complete letter
“Having just seen the photos of Billie Lourd’s one-year-old baby in your publication, and the fact that you have subsequently removed those photos, we ask that you refrain from putting our children’s faces in your publication.
“I am a public figure and I accept the often intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing my work. Our children have not engaged in this way.
“The nature of my wife’s job sees her confront and try terrorist groups and we take all possible precautions to keep our family safe. We cannot protect our children if a publication puts their faces on the cover.
“We have never sold a picture of our children, we are not on social media and we never post pictures because doing so would endanger their lives. Not a paranoid danger but real world problems, with real world consequences.
“We hope you agree that the need to sell advertising is no greater than the need to prevent innocent children from being targeted.
“Thanks, George Clooney.”
- George Clooney
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