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Old 06-Dec-2010
Clooney welcomes woman spitting on him

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George Clooney received a warm welcome in the Sudan when a woman spit on his head.

Don't worry, it's not because she's not a fan of the American actor the spitting was for good luck.

The star and activist appeared on US TV show Dateline NBC with Ann Curry for an hour-long TV special, Winds of War.

Clooney has spent much of the past few years visiting Sudan and raising awareness of the political and humanitarian issues in the African country.

Clooney met the female village elder with her unique greeting in the border village of Abyei. "It was a tradition I haven't seen," Clooney said.

"She pulls you down and spits into your hands then she pulls your head down and she sits on the top of your head.

"I've had people spit at me before but it wasn't a blessing."

Clooney added he is using his celebrity to bring attention to the area that is on the brink of a new bloodbath.

"You know, if the cameras are going to follow me everywhere I go, then I'm going to go to places that the cameras should be," said Clooney, a UN Messenger of Peace.

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