George Clooney Recovering After Scooter Crash in Italy
Clooney, who has been shooting Hulu miniseries 'Catch-22' on Sardinia, is "recovering at home and will be fine."
George Clooney was taken to the hospital in Sardinia and released after being involved in an accident while riding his motorbike, hospital officials said.
“George was treated and released from an Olbia hospital. He is recovering at home and will be fine,” Clooney's rep told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Tuesday.
The John Paul II hospital in Olbia said Clooney was released Tuesday. Local media that had gathered at the hospital said Clooney is believed to have left through a side exit.
Local daily La Nuova Sardegna said the 57-year-old Clooney had been headed to set on Tuesday when his scooter was hit by a car. He was taken to the emergency room after complaining of "a slight trauma to the pelvis and bruises to one leg and an arm," according to La Nuova. Private Mediaset, citing gossip magazine Chi, said the accident occurred near Costa Corallina, in the province of Olbia.
TMZ first reported and THR can confirm that Clooney was driving 60 mph when he was thrown from his bike and that he traveled 20 feet in the air before hitting the car's windshield; his helmet shattered on impact.
Clooney has a home on the Italian mainland on Lake Como. He is understood to have been shooting the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s World War II novel Catch-22 for Hulu. Production on the limited series is expected to continue as planned.
THR in April reported that Clooney had reduced his role in the six-episode limited series. Emmy winner Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) took over the part originally earmarked for Clooney, while the two-time Oscar winner and Emmy nominee changed to a less demanding part as he also juggles producing and directing duties.
July 10, 7:15 a.m. Updated with Clooney rep statement.