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Clooney testifies in Milan trial

The trio is accused of fraud, forgery and possession of stolen goods after allegedly taking Clooney’s name and using it for a planned fashion show at a Milan hotel in April 2008.

The Ocean’s Eleven actor gave evidence against the three men – Vincenzo Cannalire, Francesco Galdelli and Vanja Goffi – telling the court, “I came here because I believe in the judicial system and because there were people using my name to take advantage of people.”

During the proceedings, Clooney was handed several pictures which appeared to show him alongside the defendants, but after putting on glasses to examine the images he insisted they were fake, telling Cannalire: “Good work. You should be proud of yourself.”

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Judge Pietro Caccialanza thanked Clooney for his evidence, telling him: “This hearing lasted as long as a film.”

On leaving the courtroom the actor told Reuters, “It was not too tough. It’s easy when you can prove that you are absolutely right.”

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