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George Clooney pens open letter requesting privacy over fears for his children's safety

The actor shares twins with Amal Clooney

George Clooney penned an open letter on Thursday night requesting an end to photos of his children being published by the media.

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The Ocean's Eleven actor revealed fears for his four-year-old twins, Alexander and Ella's safety, explaining that his A-list status and his wife, Amal Clooney's job as a human rights lawyer, means that they must take extra precautions when it comes to the wellbeing of their family.

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George was spurred on to write the letter to "the Daily Mail and other publications" after seeing a photo of the one-year-old son of actor Billie Lourd.

He penned: "Having just seen photos of Billie Lourd’s 1 year-old baby in your publication, and the fact that you subsequently took those pictures down, we would request that you refrain from putting our children’s faces in your publication.

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"I am a public figure and accept the oftentimes intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing my job. Our children have made no such commitment.

"The nature of my wife’s work has her confronting and putting on trial terrorist groups and we take as much precaution as we can to keep our family safe.

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George and Amal have never shared photos of their children

"We cannot protect our children if any publication puts their faces on their cover. We have never sold a picture of our kids, we are not on social media and never post pictures because to do so would put their lives in jeopardy. Not paranoid jeopardy but real world issues, with real world consequences."

He concluded: "We hope that you would agree that the need to sell advertisement isn’t greater than the need to keep innocent children from being targeted. Thank you. George Clooney."

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