On Monday the London Times reported that the patron offered to foot the bill for a legal team that includes Amal Clooney, the human-rights lawyer who made headlines when she married Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney in 2014.

The British newspaper identified its source as an official with ties to Konstantinos Tasoulas, the head of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports who first met with Clooney and other barristers from Doughty Street Chambers to discuss the case late last year.