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George Clooney, the Las Vegas hotel boss and the heated argument about Barack Obama

Published 24/04/2014 | 13:12

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Las Vegas hotel-casino developer Stephen Wynn

George Clooney and Las Vegas hotel boss Steve Wynn are engaged in a war of words over an argument over a dinner two weeks ago.

The bizarre situation has seen both George Clooney and hotel magnate Steve Wynn telling two different stories about their dinner which ended in fireworks

Both men have issued statements to the Las Vegas Review Journal – each recounting their side of the story.

The two men were enjoying dinner amongst friends at the Botero restaurant in Wynn’s Encore hotel in Las Vegas two weeks ago when the incident occurred.

It appears the argument kicked off when Wynn called President Barack Obama an “a**hole”.

"He called the President an a--hole … that is a fact," the 52-year-old actor said in a statement about the words exchanged between the pair.

"I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said, 'Your friend is an a--hole,'" he continued.

"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--. And I walked out."

Businessman Wynn paints a very different story.

He claims the Oscar-winner was “drunk” after consuming several tequila shots.

"The place was empty," Wynn told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"He stood up and threw a hissy fit."

"Then he sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act and that's when I spoke up," Wynn claimed.

"He didn't like that either.

“I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel's back. When he's drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the President."

After which, Clooney supposedly stood up and said, "I don't have to listen to this (expletive) stuff," Wynn said.

Clooney hit back at Wynn’s claims in his statement.

He invited the newspaper to ask other people who were present at the table as to what exactly occurred.

"There were nine people at that table.

“So you can ask them. Steve likes to go on rants."

The two men were joined by Clooney’s business partners, Wynn’s wife Andrea Hisson and three other people.

"There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us," Clooney added.

"Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character."

George Clooney's business partner Rande Gerber - the husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford - has gone on record saying George was not drunk and did not drink Tequila.

Rande told TMZ.com: "No shots were had" ... and it was NOT a heated political debate.

"This wasn't about politics. It was about George standing up for a friend," he told the website.

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