People Staff
May 29, 2013 03:15 PM

Sometimes he responds with humor, sometimes with silence. This time it was with a touch of anger.

George Clooney on Wednesday strongly denied a report he was holding hands with a model described as a former flame over the weekend in London while he was away from girlfriend Stacy Keibler.

The story is made up. I wasn’t holding anybody’s hand,” the actor tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Stop trying to sell magazines by creating scandal that isn’t there.

Clooney, 52, has been in Europe filming The Monuments Men. Keibler, 33, spotted earlier this year dining with Clooney and costar Matt Damon while they were on location in Berlin, spent last weekend in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix.

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