George Clooney heads to court, Italian-style

HollywoodNews.com: George Clooney landed an Oscar nomination for portraying a lawyer in “Michael Clayton,” but on Friday, the actor had the chance to appear in court – for real, not for play.

Clooney took the stand in a Milan, Italy courtroom yesterday to testify against three men who were nabbed for stealing his name to launch a fashion line. Clooney answered responses in a mixture of English and broken Italian according to the New York Daily News.

Asked if he ever met the defendant Vincenzo Cannalire, who was sitting in the court, Clooney responded wryly, “This is the first time I’ve ever seen him,” Clooney said. “So I’d like to say, hello, nice to meet you.”

Judge Pietro Caccialanza, who oversaw the trial, earned some giggles after telling Clooney that his 90-minute testimony “lasted as long as a movie.”

Fans appeared in droves at the courthouse to catch a glimpse of Clooney.

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