George Clooney 'recovering at home' after motorbike crash in Sardinia

Ben Arnold
Contributor
George Clooney (Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

UPDATED: George Clooney is said to be ‘recovering at home’, according to his representatives, after he was involved in a motorcycle crash in Sardinia.

Clooney was heading to the set of the forthcoming TV adaptation of Catch 22 when a car pulled in front of him.

His reps confirmed to TMZ that he was travelling at 60mph when the crash occurred, and was thrown 20 feet into the air, his helmet hitting the car’s windscreen.

He was then taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and later discharged.

ORIGINAL STORY: George Clooney was reportedly thrown from his motorbike in a collision with a car in Sardinia.

The accident happened near Costa Corallina, in Olbia, according to local news reports, though his injuries are not thought to be serious.

The local daily newspaper La Nuova Sardegna says that he was taken to the emergency room at the nearby John Paul II hospital.

A tweet from the paper appeared to show the bike next to a car with a cracked windscreen.


NBC confirmed that he has since been discharged from hospital, but has reportedly suffering bruising to his hip, arms and legs.

He was said to be travelling to the set of forthcoming TV series Catch 22 on the island, which he’s directing, an adaptation of the feted Joseph Heller novel.

Clooney is also starring in the series, being made for Hulu and Channel 4, alongside Girls star Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie.

The 57-year-old actor has a home on Lake Como on the Italian mainland.

It’s not the first time he’s been involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle.

In 2007, he and his then-girlfriend Sarah Larson were clipped by a car while riding in Weehawken, New Jersey, Clooney suffering a broken rib, and Larson a broken foot.

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