Las Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn is pushing back against actor George Clooney’s suggestion that he called President Barack Obama an “asshole” during a dinner the two men attended last month. During an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle Friday morning, Wynn denied those charges while also denigrating Clooney’s role as a member of the “Hollywood crowd.”
“They have a worldview that everything should be given to everyone because everything has been given to them,” Wynn said of actors like Clooney. By contrast, he described himself as a businessman who has “come to grips with the reality that you have to have discipline, you have to protect the enterprise in order to protect the employees.”
“George Clooney is fun to be with… you just have to watch your timing,” Wynn said of the actor. “And I didn’t call the president an asshole, and George didn’t call me an asshole. He was a little into the tequila, but he is fun to be with. He’s a good storyteller.”
In Clooney’s telling of the incident between the two men, he said President Obama was his “longtime friend” and then Wynn replied, “your friend is an asshole.” Clooney then called Wynn the “asshole” and stormed out of the dinner.
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