Steve Wynn on George Clooney Feud: I Didn't Call the President an A--hole

Celebrity News May. 2, 2014 AT 5:05PM
UPDATED May. 2, 2014 AT 6:00PM
Steve Wynn and George Clooney Steve Wynn spoke out on his feud with George Clooney. Credit: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

UPDATE: After Steve Wynn's words, George Clooney released the following statement on Friday, May 2: "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 an 'a------.' That is false. He bellowed 'I voted for the a------,' 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 'molly coddled,' 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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Steve Wynn is speaking out. The CEO of Wynn Resorts, 72, commented on Friday, May 2, on his recent drama with George Clooney.

Last week, Wynn and Clooney, 52, reportedly got into a shouting match after the actor took issue with words the businessman had about President Obama. The high-powered men were at dinner at high-end restaurant Botero in Las Vegas when the argument took place. 

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In the days after the incident, Clooney released a statement via email. "Steve likes to go on rants," Clooney wrote. "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.'" the recently engaged star 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."

"There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us as I left," Clooney added. "Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character."

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For his part, Wynn didn't agree with Clooney on "all the facts." He gave an interview to Bloomberg Television's Stephanie Ruhle this week and spoke about what he sees as the entitlement of celebrities and gave his side of the story. 

"George Clooney is fun to be with," Wynn said. "You just have to watch your timing."

"I didn't call the president an a--hole," he refuted. "George didn't call me an a--hole. He was a little into the tequila, but he is fun to be with. He's a good storyteller…"

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