George Clooney's sister-in-law jailed 3 weeks & fined for drink-driving & other traffic offences in S'pore

This is not the first time Le Tallec has been charged with drink-driving in Singapore.

Jason Fan | October 14, 2019, 10:48 PM

Tala Alamuddin Le Tallec, the sister-in-law of Hollywood actor George Clooney, was sentenced to three weeks' jail and a fine of S$6,400 for various traffic offences on Oct. 14.

The 47-year-old Singapore permanent resident, who is the sister of human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, will also be banned from driving for four years after her jail sentence.

Le Tallec pleaded guilty to drink-driving, using a car without a Singapore Class 3 driving license, and driving without insurance.

A fourth charge of driving the car without its owner's consent was also considered in sentencing as part of her plea bargain.

Close to three times the legal limit of alcohol in her breath

On May 13, 2019, Le Tallec drove her husband's BMW to meet a friend at a restaurant along Dempsey Road.

She consumed two glasses of wine, as well as a glass of champagne at the restaurant.

While driving home with a friend, she was stopped at a police roadblock along Holland Road, where officers noticed she was visibly drunk.

She subsequently failed a breathalyser test, and was arrested.

She was found to have 95 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is almost triple the prescribed limit.

Not her first traffic offence in Singapore

Le Tallec was previously fined S$3,000 for drink-driving in 2013, and banned for driving for two years.

She did not re-apply for a Class 3 driving license in Singapore after her ban was lifted.

The Straits Times also reported that she faced other traffic-related offences in the past, including careless driving in 2010, and inconsiderate driving in 2004.

For the drink-driving charge, prosecutors asked for a sentence of three weeks' jail, a fine of S$5,000, and a driving ban of three years.

While first-time drink-driving offenders may be punished with only a fine, punishment for repeat offenders include a mandatory jail term of up to one year, along with a fine of between S$3,000 and S$10,000, according to Yahoo News.

In mitigation, Le Tallec's lawyer Shashi Nathan said his client was "genuinely remorseful," citing her four children as a mitigating factor.

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