GEORGE CLOONEY BACK TO 'E.R.'
By ERIN CALABRESE and HASANI GITTENS
George Clooney and his girlfriend were thrown from his motorcycle yesterday after being clipped by a car in New Jersey - breaking one of his ribs and her foot.
The actor's famous face, however, was unscathed.
The former "E.R." heartthrob and girlfriend Sarah Larson were on a rented 2007 Harley Davidson on Boulevard East in Weehawken at about 3:30 p.m. when a 27-year-old man in a 1999 Mazda Millennium tried to make a right turn, hitting the chopper, police said.
"I heard like metal hitting the curb, like scraping," said David Sciumbata, who lives on the block. "There was a girl on the back; she fell off, he fell off."
They were both taken to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen and released a short time later, according to Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield.
He said the Mazda had its left-turn signal on before making the right, but police said they did not issue any summonses.
"It's a he-said, she-said right now, but you can't pass on the right in Weehawken or anywhere in Jersey," Sgt. Sean Kelly said.
Rosenfield said Clooney had been on a scenic ride, enjoying a day off from shooting "Burn After Reading," which has been filming in various Garden State locations.
He didn't know when the actor would be able to return to the set.
"He's doing fine," Rosenfield said. "He has a broken rib, it's very painful and it'll take a long time to heal."
Clooney, 46, was recuperating at his Manhattan hotel last night, Rosenfield said.
Larson, a 28-year-old cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, met Clooney at an "Ocean's Thirteen" premiere party at the Palms Hotel in June - where she worked until reportedly quitting last week to spend more time with her hunk.
"She seemed like she was really hurt, she had a mark on her face like a cut," said Sciumbata.
He and other witnesses didn't know it was Clooney who had crashed on their block until a cop told them.
"I brought them a couple of bottles of water - I didn't know it was George Clooney until somebody whispered it to me," said Jerry Zaslausky, 36, who was keeping the motorcycle in his garage last night.
"Since the bike was on the street, I offered to house it until they pick it up," he said.