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George Clooney Attends Amsterdam Charity Gala and Makes a Surprising New Friend (Hint: She's a Royal!)

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Even the royals can’t deny their admiration for George Clooney.

Clooney, 54, attended the Foed Geld Gala (Good Money Gala) in Amsterdam on Tuesday, where, clad in a black peacoat and matching sweater, he managed to impress fans and royalty alike with his philanthropic efforts.

“An impressive man,” Princess Mabel of the Netherlands told TV entertainment show RTL Boulevard. “He is someone really trying to make a difference.”

During the event – which donates half of the Netherlands’ yearly lottery sales to charity – Clooney was handed a $543,000 check for his Human Rights charity Not On Our Watch.

All together the gala distributed an astonishing $355 million among 100 different charities in a single night.

“I believe in the goodness of man, I am an optimist,” Clooney said in a live stage interview at the gala, held in the Carr Theatre. “I have never seen anything like the Postcode Lottery.”

“It lets you join together and also do well,” he continued. “The fact that I am involved is an honor.”


Clooney’s visit to Amsterdam marks his latest stop to raise funds for his charity, which he founded with his close friends Matt Damon and Brad Pitt

In November he gave a keynote speech in front of 2,000 business leaders at the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh, Scotland, dropping in on a local homeless charity, the Social Bite Café, in the process.

The Amsterdam trip also waved the starting flag on a busy couple of months for Clooney as he prepares to tour the world promoting his latest movie, the Cohen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!

Meanwhile, Clooney’s wife Amal has also been busy providing legal counsel for former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, in London.

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Nasheed is currently on 30-day release from prison in the Maldives so that he can receive treatment for a chronic spine condition in the British capital – an injury he picked up from being tortured by the Maldivian government in his 20s.

“If the government has its way, he’ll be back in a prison cell in less than 30 days,” Amal Clooney said during a press conference alongside Nasheed in London on Monday. “That would be for the crime of simply being a moderate and popular political leader in the country who might well, given the chance, win the next presidential election in the Maldives.”

Last week the human rights lawyer also revealed that she’s going to represent jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights.