How Did George Clooney Break His Hand?

08/27/2009 at 01:25 PM EDT

How Did George Clooney Break His Hand?
George Clooney
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Good thing he wears a helmet! Now George Clooney just needs some sporty gloves to match as the handsome actor has broken his hand in a car accident of sorts, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

According to European media reports, Clooney was riding his Harley Davidson around Lake Lugano, at the border of Italy and Switzerland, with current squeeze Elisabetta Canalis when the accident occurred a couple weeks ago. His rep, however, tells PEOPLE what really happened.

"There was an accident and he did break his hand," Clooney's rep Stan Rosenfield said Thursday. "He was not riding a motorcycle, it was not in Switzerland ... He was on his property in Italy and he shut the car door on his hand."

Clooney, 49, was treated at the private Ars Medica clinic in Gravesano, Switzerland, which is about a 40-minute drive from Lake Como, Italy, where Clooney owns a home. "The doctor has given him 30-40 years more to live, and no live animals were harmed during the wrapping of the hand," Rosenfield quipped, adding, "The only reason he went to the hospital was to get a temporary cast put on."

Nearly two years ago Clooney, 49, and his then-girlfriend Sarah Larson were both treated after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car in New Jersey. At the time, the actor suffered a hairline fracture of a rib and road rash, while Larson suffered a broken foot.


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