George Clooney Testifies in Fashion Fraud Trial: I Don't Wear Long Jean Shorts
Posted on July 18, 2010George Clooney was as charming as ever when he took the stand to testify in a case of fraud. Two defendants started a clothing line called GC Collection and claimed that Clooney was behind it. They photoshopped George's head onto some other guy's body so it would look like a photo of the two defendants with George, and used copies of George's signature in the con.
George testified that he had never met the defendants (a man and a woman) but his staff noticed that her name kept being quoted in gossip magazines as being his girlfriend. Then he got a letter from Rolex asking him to quit wearing their watches in public, because he is the spokesperson for rival Omega. That's when George knew something very odd was going on, as he only wears Omega watches.
The prosecutor showed George the fake photos and George testified that it was not him in the photos, noting that the man in the photo was very unfashionably dressed.
He also took issue with some of the other promotional photos the trio had used of Clooney. On most of them, the group had edited Clooney's head onto another person's body, resulting in some curious critiquing on the stand. "Here, for instance, I don't smoke and I don't wear that watch," Clooney said. "I also don't wear long jean shorts."George Clooney wearing clam diggers and smoking? Perish the thought! The thieves should have done their homework. Although how in the world they thought they could get away with the scam is beyond us.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Pietro Caccialanza thanked Clooney for his time and said the proceeding, funnily enough, "has lasted as long as a movie."
This video clip shows George entering and leaving the courthouse, which is not easy due to all the excited fans. Take a look: