Apparently, the European press is abuzz with word that George Clooney is planning to bring a "new girl" to the Venice Film Festival, which begins Aug. 31. It would be a fitting debut for a new lady friend; Clooney's new drama "The Ides of March" opens the festival and it's also where he debuted his ex Elisabetta Canalis back in 2009.
But there's no truth to the rumor. Clooney straightened it out via a statement saying, "The Italian press, from Corriere Della Sera to TGCOM, Ansa, NewNotizie, Sky.it and even Vanity Fair are all running a story that quotes me as saying that I'm bringing a 'new girl' to the Venice film festival. I never made that statement and it's not true. It was made up to sell tabloid magazines. It's a ridiculous lie and should be corrected as publicly as it was originally written.”
Clooney and Canalis split in late June.