George Clooney won’t tolerate insults being hurled at his “longtime friend” President Barack Obama, whether you agree with his politics or not.
The actor is setting the record straight on a heated dinner conversation he had with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn two weeks ago, which ended with Clooney calling Wynn an “asshole” and walking out.
“There were 9 people at that table … So you can ask them … Steve likes to go on rants … HE called the president an asshole … that is a fact,” Clooney said in a statement about the verbal altercation that occurred at a restaurant inside Wynn’s Encore hotel.
“I said that the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole’… At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and that I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass. And I walked out,” added the Oscar winner.
“There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us as I left,” Clooney’s statement concluded. “Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”
Clooney was in Sin City at the time to promote his Casamigos tequila during the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America convention.
Wynn told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the argument came after Clooney “got drunk” and “threw a hissy fit” when one of two CAA executives also seated at the table told a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. Wynn says he rubbed Clooney the wrong way when the actor “sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act.”
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“Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober,” Wynn said. “If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.”
Clooney’s representative did not have any additional comment regarding Wynn’s account of the evening.