Actor George Clooney doesn't like it when you hate on his friends -- especially if that friend is President Barack Obama.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Clooney refused to remain at a table with hotel-casino developer Steve Wynn after the latter called Obama an "a**hole" two weeks ago.
Wynn said Clooney “got drunk” from downing tequila shots and stormed off after delivering an F-bomb.
The two-time Oscar winner issued the following statement in an email sent through his publicist: “There were nine people at that table ... so you can ask them. ... Steve likes to go on rants.
“He called the president an asshole ... that is a fact ... I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ ... At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.
“And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”
Clooney hosted a fundraiser for Obama ahead of the 2012 presidential election and has been a long-time supporter of the president. The actor has pressed the president on political issues in the past, including the crisis in Sudan.
For more on Clooney and Wynn's exchange, visit the Las Vegas Review-Journal.