Nothing can dim a couple's engagement glow quite like a feud with a billionaire political player. Just weeks after a newly betrothed George Clooney got into an angry dust-up with casino mogul Steve Wynn during a group dinner in Las Vegas, they're once again exchanging barbs.
You'll recall that tensions flew into the red between Clooney and Wynn when the latter reportedly called President Obama a [rhymes with 'glassbowl'] during the meal. That sentiment didn't sit well with George, who's an ardent supporter of the commander-in-chief. He flung the same insult back at Wynn (along with a few others) before storming out.
But Wynn didn't let it go, and now it's turning into "Rashomon," with the main players offering different versions of events.
On Friday, Wynn fired off a salvo to Bloomberg News by saying that actors like Clooney "live in a very strange bubble of their own. They're mollycoddled. They're highly privileged. … They live in a relatively small world. The people around them are very solicitous and caring of them. They have a worldview that is therefore, 'Everything should be given to everybody' because everything has been given to them."
He then opined, "George Clooney is fun to be with. You just have to watch your timing. I didn't call the president a [glassbowl]. George didn't call me a [glassbowl]. He was a little into the tequila, but he is fun to be with. He's a good storyteller."
The Oscar winner took a deep breath before he refuted everything Wynn had to say, from his tequila intake that night (none) to his less than privileged beginning to the insults flung (yeah, he totally called him a [glassbowl]). Clooney also took a dig at Wynn's fashion sense. Here's his full statement (via People):
"Steve Wynn and I have met three times, two times for dinner. That is the extent of our knowledge of one another, so I will refrain from trying to categorize him based on the little time we've spent together, but I will not let his version of the truth go unchallenged. He now says he didn't call the president [a glassbowl]. That is false. He bellowed 'I voted for the [glassbowl],' and then called him the same thing several more times as the dinner came to an abrupt end.
Again there were eight people at the table, eight witnesses. I did in turn, call him the same body part, and walked out. Again he can make up whatever story he wants, but these are the facts. He said I drank 16 shots of tequila. I didn't drink one shot of tequila, not one. We were drinking but it was early and we still had two events to attend.
He said I live in a bubble. More of a bubble than Las Vegas? Honestly? He says I'm 'mollycoddled,' that I'm surrounded by people who coddle me. I would suggest that Mr. Wynn look to his left and right and find anyone in his sphere that says anything but 'yes' to him. Emphatically. I did not attend a private boys' school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. I've been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet.
Steve is one of the richest men in the world and he should be congratulated for it, but he needs to take off his red sparkly dinner jacket and roll up his sleeves every once in a while and understand what most of the country is actually dealing with ... or at least start with the fact that you can't make up stories when eight people who are not on your payroll are sitting around you as witnesses."
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