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George Clooney: I Didn't Leak F**kabees Footage

3/29/2007 4:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comGeorge Clooney claims he didn't leak footage of the infamous obscenity-laced battle royale between Lily Tomlin and director David O. Russell on the set "I Heart Huckabees" ... and he's betting a million bucks that you can't prove it!

In a statement to various media outlets, Clooney, who's famous for pranking just about anyone he can, said, "Contrary to popular opinion, neither the sound man, Ed Tise, nor yours truly sent in the David O. Russell tape. 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.
Your fan,
George Clooney"


That seems a pretty clear denial.

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vee    

WHO CARES!!!!!!!! BUT I STILL LOVE'YA GEORGIE *******

2762 days ago
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the one    

honestly--who gives a flying f*** about lily tomlin? check that bitch into a nursing home already.

2762 days ago
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hammy    

Who knows if Clooney leaked it or not? I say no. The bigger story is that the whole movie, "I Heart Huckabees" is veiled reference to the perceived duplicitious relationship Clooney had on O'Russell during the filming of Three Kings. Clooney is represented by Jude Law's character, and O'Russell is represented by Jason S. In short, in O'Russell's mind, Clooney and his pleasant demeanor usurped power on the set and in the studio offices and "took control" of what was O'Russell's movie. Huckabee's was supposed to represent that time and be a cathartic release of a painful experience. As we can see, he still had stuff to work out during the filming. The guy doesn't need an assistant, he needs a therapist tethered to him at all times.

2762 days ago
4.

she smiled    

Looks like Clooney's career is dead and he is trying to get some publicity What a lame-ass story to hitch your faded star to, loser!.

2762 days ago
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JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin    

This tape has been circulating for some time. I doubt Clooney leaked it. This is probably Russell's people trying to deflect attention from the fact that Russell is a complete asshole.

2762 days ago
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Sheldon    

Anyone who has ever worked in theater, film, or television knows that it's not all "Leave it to Beaver" behind the scenes. We all have temper tantrums, but only those in the arts have the potentional of theirs being paraded all over the Internet and the 6 o'clock news. Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell are no different than anyone else in their positions; making movies requires a great deal of concentration and tempers flare as a result. It doesn't change the fact that they're highly talented and made a great movie. Get over it, people.

2762 days ago
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JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin    

This is completely unprofessional behaviour by Russell. He's got a well deserved rep of being an asshole.

Russell trying to blame Clooney for this mess, when it's Russell's own fault. David needs to grow up.

2762 days ago
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Ms. Hysterical    

The big three guesses direct from various hollywood film sets :
1. Someone jusy trying to make a buck finally sold it to the press. Several people have been offered money for the DVD
2. The Huckabee video operator is not as well liked as he thinks. Is someone trying to sink him?
3. Someone out to get Russell at any cost.

2762 days ago
9.

vee    

George Clooney should of played Leonidas in the movie 300. Not in this trash Hukabees.He's a true warrior greek god for all women

2762 days ago
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montana mike    

ok george--i neve lie---i saw you leak this thing
SEND ME THE MILLION

2762 days ago
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common sence    

now thats how you issue a denial!!! BAM BRING IT ON GEORGY BOY!!
aLL YOU CELEBS AND POLITICIANS ........PRESIDENTS ETC..
TAKE NOTES ON HOW TO DELIVER A CONTRITE DENIAL...AND THAT DOESNT DEPEND ON WHAT THE WORD IS MEANS........MILLION DOLLARS....NOW SHUTUP!!!

2762 days ago
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Jodi    

I think George Clooney is a closet gay guy...just like Rock Hudson...He isn't all that ladies...He looks the same in every movie, plays the same character in every movie he has no depth and basically, he's burning out....

2762 days ago
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lizzie    

'Real men' don't respond to such foolishness. The inner office cat fight really doesn't matter in the big scheme. There is nothing wrong with being gay, it's sad that George has to go to all these half truths to keep us guessing. And sadder still for the women who loved him and are ultimately left hanging.

2762 days ago
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V    

All I can say is "what a bitch!"

2762 days ago
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Paul Kline    

I love Lily Tomlin. God love a woman with a temper

2762 days ago
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