Clooney Unveils New Gal in Venice

Berlusconi-esque: Elisabetta Canalis is Italian TV presenter
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2009 4:30 PM CDT
George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – George Clooney has appeared in public for the first time with galpal Elisabetta Canalis at the Venice Film Festival, E! reports. The actor and the Italian TV presenter had been covertly observed frolicking at his Lake Como villa, but the Venice outing makes it official. A costar of Canalis’ says the flirtation goes back to 2006, when a mysterious car was following her. “I finally decided to go over and confront the occupants of the car,” he says. “Who was sitting in the car? George Clooney! This isn’t a new fling.”