George Clooney Rips Las Vegas Casino Mogul in Defense of ‘Longtime Friend’ Obama

Actor sets the record straight about heated exchange with Steve Wynn: “I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass”

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

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.

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“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.”

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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.