George Clooney has spoken out about the “real security issues” he and his wife, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, face as she pursues the first case against the terrorist group ISIS in the French courts.
“My wife is taking the first case against ISIS to court, so we have plenty of issues – real, proper security issues – that we have to deal with on a fairly daily basis,” George told, The Hollywood Reporter on this week’s Awards Chatter podcast.
“We don’t really want our kids to be targets, so we have to pay attention to that.”
George, 55, shares one-year-old twins Alexander and Ella with Amal, 41. In 2014, the couple wed in an ultra-private ceremony in Italy.
While the Catch-22 star said he was grateful for his life, it does come with some challenges.
“I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful kids… [but] there are things you miss. I miss being able to walk with our kids in Central Park,” he said.
Amal is currently representing a client who is among Yazidi female refugees who shared horrifying allegations of rape and physical abuse, including being bought and sold as sex slaves, for ISIS. The group came to power during the Iraq war and civil war in neighbouring Syria.
Per the Associated Press, Human Rights Watch found in 2015 that ISIS had operated a “system of organised rape and sexual assault, sexual slavery, and forced marriage.”
In a powerful address last month, Amal called on the United Nation’s Security Council to prosecute Islamic State extremist in Iraq and Syria. She argued that the U.N. should make justice for victims of sexual violence during wartime a priority.