George Clooney arrives at the Armani Prive pre-Oscars fashion
show in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this file photo from Feb. 24,
LOS ANGELES - George Clooney personally responded Thursday to rumors
circulated by two gossip Web sites.
The Oscar winner sent a note to Radaronline.com and Defamer.com. Both sites
hinted this week that Clooney was responsible for releasing outtakes from the
movie "I (Heart) Huckabees" that show director David O. Russell yelling at
actress Lily Tomlin.
The sites noted that Clooney, who had a well-publicized fight with Russell on
the set of the film "Three Kings," is currently working with sound mixer Ed
Tise, who also worked on "Huckabees."
Neither had a role in the clip's release, Clooney said.
"Contrary to popular opinion, neither the sound man, Ed Tise, nor yours truly
sent in the David O. Russell tape," Clooney wrote in the note released by his
publicist, Stan Rosenfield. "I saw it when we were working on `Ocean's 12,' and
there have been quite a few copies traveling around town for the last couple of
years. Any rumor that either of us put it on the Internet is simply false. And
I'd offer a million bucks to anyone who would prove otherwise."