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Saturday
Mar172012

George Clooney and Father, Nick Clooney, ‘Stand With the Sudanese,’ Arrested at Embassy

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As movie star and activist George Clooney was led away from the Sudanese Embassy in handcuffs, a face familiar to some stood by his side. Clooney was joined in the act of civil disobedience by his father, Nick Clooney, who has joined in, and some say inspired, his famous son’s humanitarian efforts.

Father and son were arrested for crossing a police line by the uniformed division of the Secret Service and booked into a D.C. police station. Before they were taken into custody, both men addressed the crowd of media and activists that had gathered.

“A word about us, you and we. If we are who we think we are, we should all be standing here,” Nick Clooney said. “If we are who we’ve always said we are as Americans, we should be standing here together. Because what we know is that there are people who are in danger now. We will stand with them as long as they are in danger. My son and I stand with the Sudanese.”

As they were being led away from the embassy, a reporter from THEDC.com commented to George that he looked distracted.

“I’m concerned with my father, making sure he’s okay right now,” he said. “He’s 78 years old and has never been arrested before.”

The Clooneys began their humanitarian involvement with Sudan in 2006 and 2007 when they went there to film the documentary “A Journey to Darfur.” The film chronicled the struggles of the Sudanese people, hundreds of thousands of whom had fled the country and were seeking shelter in refugee camps in neighboring Chad.

Nick Clooney was a reporter and anchorman in earlier years.  A native of Maysville, Ky., he was a news anchor in Lexington before hosting the “Nick Clooney Show,” a morning talk show that began in Columbus, Ohio, and was later picked-up by a station in Cincinnati.

He gained national fame in the mid-1970s when he began hosting the ABC daytime game show “The Money Maze.” After the show was canceled, he returned to anchoring,working over the next two decades at stations in Ohio, Utah and California. He hosted many telethons during his television news career, joined by his family.

“My wife, and Ada, my daughter, and George, my son, would be right there helping out all through the 36 hours of the telethon,” Clooney said in a 2010 interview with Cincinnati station WLWT.

Nick Clooney said he believes that contributed to his son’s involvement in humanitarian efforts. He said George has never been afraid to use his fame to affect change and focused his recent efforts on the suffering in Darfur.

“George was at the height of his celebrity, and he called me the day after he won his Oscar back in 2006,” Clooney said. “He said, ‘Pop, I’ll never have more juice than I have now.”

Others arrested at today’s rally included  President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews; Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Al Green, D-Texas, Jim Moran, D-Va., and John Olver D-Mass.; Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous; and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, according to a police statement.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar162012

George Clooney Released from Jail

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After spending the morning in a D.C. jail for civil disobedience in a protest outside of Sudan's embassy, actor George Clooney paid $100 and was released Friday afternoon.

Police Friday morning cuffed Clooney, along with his father as he led a protest calling on Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Hoping to draw attention to the violence Al-Bashir has allegedly directed at his own people, Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, testifying at a Senate hearing and holding meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama to discuss the urgency of Sudan's humanitarian issue.

Following his arrest, Clooney's publicist released a statement, saying, "They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children.  They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

The Hollywood actor has been working with John Prendergast from the advocacy group The Enough Project for years.  He co-founded the Sudan Sentinel Project, which tracks human rights abuses on the border of Sudan and South Sudan using satellite cameras.

Clooney told reporters, following his release, that while one never really knows if they are accomplishing anything, he just wanted to bring attention to an important moment. He also chatted briefly with ABC News' Jon Karl:

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Friday
Mar162012

George Clooney Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy in DC

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs Friday after storming the Sudanese Embassy, protesting the actions of the country's president.

Clooney made the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week, hoping his superstar power will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. 

The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation's dire humanitarian situation along with the Obama administration's policy. 

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He led a protest Friday outside of Sudan's embassy calling on Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Following his arrest, Clooney's publicist released a statement, saying, "They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children.  They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

The Hollywood actor has been working with John Prendergast from the advocacy group The Enough Project for years.  He co-founded the Sudan Sentinel Project, which tracks human rights abuses on the border of Sudan and South Sudan using satellite cameras.

Clooney's said in the past that he wants to draw attention to the atrocities Al-Bashir's allegedly directed against his own people for decades, to "make him famous."

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