George Clooney's Girlfriend in Cocaine Scandal

An arrest in Italy results in testimony from a witness who claims she did drugs with Elisabetta Canalis

George Clooney is famous for his discretion about relationships -- but as for his Italian girlfriend? One of Elisabetta Canalis' old indiscretions may be coming back to haunt her. Two exclusive nightclubs in Milan are currently being investigated for allowing drugs and prostitution; now, five people involved in the club scene have been arrested, and one witness has testified that in 2007, she and Canalis took cocaine together.

The woman who implicated Canalis is Karima Menad, a 26-year-old Parisian model allegedly employed by "The Club" (yes, that's its flashy name!) as a prostitute. Investigators claim girls like Menad were brought into the clubs to "entertain" VIPs and celebrities -- i.e., encourage them to drink alcohol, perhaps do drugs with them, then allegedly have sex with them at another location.

"I remember taking cocaine with Elisabetta Canalis and two others," Menad testified. "We were in The Club and it was December 2007. We had been at a party of some famous, rich celebrity whose name I cannot remember. I don't remember who brought the drugs but we all took it."

Meanwhile, Italian socialite Francesca Biagini tells the press that this is a "huge scandal" and "more celebrities will be named."

Canalis, 31, is said to be "distraught" by the allegations, but friend Biagini says that "George is standing by her." (Clooney began dating Canalis in 2009, two years after the alleged incident.) Biagini added that she's never seen Canalis take cocaine, but that she's a regular at one of the investigated clubs and "always the life and soul of the party." Another source claims that video cameras hidden in one club's bathroom recorded many of its coke-snorting patrons -- so there may be evidence indicting more than one famous drug user.

For now, both nightclubs have been shut down, and Canalis is laying low. But hey, when you've got George Clooney at home, who needs to go out anyway?

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