George Clooney Blasts Magnate Steve Wynn After Heated Argument

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April 23, 2014 | 6:55pm EST

George Clooney has fallen out with hotel and casino magnate Steve Wynn after becoming embroiled in an argument over U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Ocean’s Eleven star, a big Obama supporter, stormed out of a dinner at the Botero restaurant at Wynn’s Encore hotel in Las Vegas earlier this month following a heated discussion about the Democratic Party leader’s controversial healthcare initiative, the Affordable Care Act.
Wynn, who has donated to the rival Republican Party, is said to have heavily criticised Obama, prompting Clooney to lose his temper and walk out.
In a statement issued by Clooney’s publicist, the actor writes: “He called the president an a**hole… that is a fact….
“I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said, ‘Your friend is an a**hole…’ At that point, I told Steve that HE was an a**hole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jacka**.”
He adds, “It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”
However, Wynn has brushed off the incident, telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “When he’s drinking, (Clooney) considers himself a close personal buddy of the President. Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober. If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.”