It's good to have friends in high places! George Clooney has been granted two new protection laws in Lake Como, Italy, preventing fans and paparazzi from getting close to his residence ahead of his planned wedding to Amal Alamuddin.
Sources confirm to Us Weekly that the Monuments Men actor's friends at Laglio Council have just approved the laws and huge fines, designed to keep uninvited guests away from his idyllic lakeside mansion Villa Oleandra.
The laws, declared on Saturday, June 21, prevent anyone from stopping on both the road outside his house, and the water directly in front of his villa, 24-hours a day. The restrictions will remain in place until September 30.
Formerly confirmed bachelor Clooney, 53, became engaged to human rights attorney Alamuddin, 36, on April 22, and, as Us reported previously, are planning to tie the knot this fall. The couple had been considering both Lake Como and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where Clooney also owns a villa, as venues.
Mayor of Laglio, Roberto Pozzi, told Us that an official request to hold the nuptials in Italy have not yet been lodged. "We have not received any formal requests yet," the Mayor said. "But we are ready for any requests."
But these two new laws will make planning such an inevitably star-studded event, much easier.
“It is now completely forbidden to stop outside the entrance to Clooney’s villa," the Mayor continued. "It’s a question of traffic and security. It is very dangerous and it’s also an issue of privacy."
On the lake side of the property, anyone sailing or swimming within 100 meters from Clooney’s villa could be fined up to 500 euros ($680).
"We have never penalized anyone in the past,” Pozzi said. "This type of action is designed to bring about a change in people’s behavior and create a more peaceful environment. We have to guarantee privacy and security for George Clooney and his guests."
Clooney made the most of his new laws over the weekend, arranging for his future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin to visit him and his fiancee and stay overnight at their Como pad, away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi.