George Clooney reveals for the first time his meeting with Berlusconi describing it as 'one of the more astonishing evenings of my life'
George Clooney has openly spoken about the first time he met controversial Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi. He said he went to Rome in 2008 to talk to the prime minister about the possibility of Italy sending helicopters to Darfur in Sudan to help with the relief effort.
I saw his bed: Clooney said Italian PM Berlusconi was excited to show him his bed. Pics/AFP, Getty Images
But Berlusconi (75) was more interested in inviting him to a party and showing him a double bed which Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, gave him as a present.
"I've had one evening with Berlusconi and it was one of the more astonishing evenings of my life," Clooney told the website of Time magazine in a video interview.
"I went to speak about Darfur. I'd done all my homework. (Afterwards) he took me to see his bedroom and the bed that Putin had given him." "There are so many jokes, there's so little time,' Berlusconi said, to laughter from the audience.
"It became a very different evening than anyone thought. I was like 'I have to go' and he was saying 'No where are you going, there's going to be a party', and I was like, 'No I gotta go, I really do'."
Testify for PM The prime minister's lawyers want Clooney to appear as a witness in Berlusconi's ongoing trial for abuse of office and paying for sex with an under age prostitute.
They want the star to refute claims that he was at one of the PM's sex parties in Milan.
Clooney said he has never been to one of the parties.
He added that he would be happy to give evidence on behalf of the prime minister.
"I spoke to their people and said, 'I will come and testify if you'd like,' because I wasn't at the party that I was said to have been at."
New name for PM's party Berlusconi wants his political party to change its name to 'Go Pu**y!' "We will change the name of the People of Freedom because people no longer carry it in their hearts", he said. "I'm told the name that 'Go Pu**y!', would have the biggest success."