Clooney to testify in Italian fraud trial

Clooney to testify in Italian fraud trial

George Clooney is take to the stand in a Milan courtroom later this month.

The 'Up in the Air' star will attend court on July 16 to testify against three people accused of using his name for a fashion label.

The 49-year-old actor is to testify as a civil plaintiff at the fraud trial in the Italian business and fashion capital.

And Judge Pietro Caccialanza has ordered extra security to protect the Oscar-winning actor from the huge numbers of fans expected to attend.

However, Judge Caccialanza promised fans the extra security would not prevent them from seeing the Hollywood star, insisting they would have the chance “to come close to their hero”.

The fraud case originally began in April 2008, when three still unnamed people were accused of fraud, forgery and possession of stolen goods while preparing for a fashion show at a Milan hotel.

George is a regular visitor to Italy where he has a villa on Lake Como, north of Milan, and is currently dating Italian actress-and-model Elisabetta Canalis.

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