April 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM ET
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas — unless you're talking about a couple of very famous people who get involved in a very heated spat.
Actor George Clooney and casino mogul Steve Wynn traded barbs during a recent dinner party at Botero restaurant (inside Wynn's Las Vegas Encore hotel), and while neither man denies it, exactly what happened has turned into a he-said/he-said debate.
It started when the dinner was over, and the topic at the table turned to politics.
According to Clooney, who spoke out about the incident via a statement distributed by his publicist, "There were nine people at that table. ... So you can ask them. ... Steve likes to go on rants."
This particular rant allegedly centered around President Barack Obama and the Affordable Healthcare Act.
"(Wynn) called the president an (expletive) ... that is a fact," according to the star. "I said that the president was my longtime friend and then he said 'your friend is an (expletive).'... At that point I told Steve that HE was an (expletive) and that I wasn't going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass. … And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us as I left. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character."
But in Wynn's version of events, the A-lister was the one with character issues, as Clooney supposedly "threw a hissy fit.”
Wynn told the Las Vegas Review Journal that that's when talk turned to "Obamacare," and he spoke up.
"(Clooney) didn’t like that either," Wynn said. "I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel’s back."
The entrepreneur then accused the actor of having a had a few too many.
“When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president," Wynn told the publication. "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."
In both versions of the tale, Clooney was the one who walked out.
According to E! senior editor Marc Malkin, in the end, it wasn't nearly as dramatic as it all sounds.
"No fists were thrown," he told TODAY. "It was just an argument with two rich white guys. They're arguing about politics. They're going to be fine."
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