Hollywood star George Clooney’s sister-in-law has landed in hot waters after being fined for driving under the influence of alcohol in Singapore. Amal Clooney’s sister Tala Alamuddin Le Tallec, the owner of Totally Tala pleaded guilty on Monday to driving offenses including drunk-driving, using a car without a Singapore Class 3 driving licence and driving without insurance. She was then put behind bars. Tala, the sister of the British-Lebanese barrister and international human rights lawyer, has been ordered to pay a fine of £3,640 and will be disqualified from driving for four years after her release from prison eventually.
It turns out Tala was driving her husband’s BMW X5 at the time of her arrest, due to which he may also be liable for the offences as the owner of the vehicle under the Road Traffic Act. She had been at a restaurant with a friend in Dempsey Road and had two glasses of wine and a glass of champagne, revealed the court.
She was driving home with the friend in the front passenger seat after midnight when she was stopped by the police along Holland Road towards Ulu Pandan. Staff Sergeant Alvin Lee noticed that Tala appeared to be struggling with locating the vehicle’s handbrake and that she smelled of alcohol. Not to mention, upon reaching for her bag in the rear passenger seat to retrieve her driving license, she reportedly hit the accelerator briefly by accident. She was then given a breath test by the officer which proved that she was drunk over the legal limit and was arrested. Her lawyer, Mr Shashi Nathan, said his client was genuinely remorseful. Tala runs the fashion label, Totally Tala and relocated to Singapore from New York City after marrying her businessman husband. This is not the first time she has been fined for drunk-driving, the last being in 2013.