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The name George Clooney often conjures up images of a handsome, sharp-dressed man. But, exploiting it for profit? Not very chic at all.
Three Italian men -- Vincenzo Cannalire, Francesco Galdelli and Vanja Goff -- were charged with fraud, forgery and possession of stolen goods when they used the actor's name and image to promote their fashion brand during a show in Milan, Italy, in 2008, Reuters reports.
Clooney, 49, testified Friday in a Milan courtroom and said, "I came here because I believe in the judicial system and because there were people using my name to take advantage of people."
According to CNN, the actor, who is suing for 3 million euros in damages, took the stand for about a half-hour during the two-hour trial. "My signature is very easy to find on the Internet. But if someone wanted to borrow my signature, they should borrow various signatures of mine, not always the same one for a hundred times," the Oscar winner noted about the use of his name on the product (the line itself was not so subtly called "George Clooney") he did not endorse.
At one point, Clooney told Cannalire (the only one of the three defendants to appear in court), "Good work. You should be proud of yourself." But despite a few tense moments (including proving a particular picture was a fake), the always-charming actor found a few moments to lighten the mood and making the courtroom laugh.
After testifying, the Up in the Air star said of his time on the stand, "It was not too tough. It's easy when you can prove that you are absolutely right."
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