06 July 2010

George Clooney to Appear in Italian Fasion Court Case

Telegraph U.K.
George Clooney will appear in an Italian court this month in a case in which three people are accused of using the Hollywood actor's name to promote a fashion show and a line of clothing.

The 49-year-old's lawyers have confirmed that he will give evidence as a witness in the case, which starts on July 16 in Milan.

The case goes back to April 2008, when the three people organised a fashion show in a Milan hotel and allegedly used Clooney's name and reputation in an attempt to promote the event.

The trio have been charged with forgery, fraud and possession of stolen goods.

Clooney's lawyer, Grazia Maria Mantelli, confirmed that her client will attend the start of the trial in a ground floor court room in Milan's Palace of Justice.

The judge in the case has requested special security arrangements from Carabinieri police to protect Clooney from the large number of fans who are expected to attend the hearing.

"There will be a lot of people, I imagine," said the judge, Pietro Caccialanza, given Clooney's "celebrity status" as a "noted" actor and director.

He said that while it was important that the trial runs smoothly, he was also mindful of the need to give Clooney's fans a chance "to get close to their hero".

The star of Ocean's Eleven spends a lot of time in Italy.

He has a multi-million pound villa on the shores of Lake Como, north of Milan, and is in a relationship with an Italian actress and model, Elisabetta Canalis.

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