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Sunday, August 2, 1998 Published at 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK

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Clinton rubs shoulders with the stars

The Clintons have celebrity friends in high places

Far away from the political heat in Washington, President Clinton has spent the weekend mixing with celebrities from the world of fashion and entertainment in New York's Long Island.

Video report on the Clintons' celebrity weekend
Mr Clinton and his wife Hillary were guests at the home of film director Steven Spielberg, but attended a series of fund-raising events reported to have brought in almost $2m for the Democratic Party.

Celebrity guests included the singer Billy Joel, actress Julie Andrews and film maker Blake Edwards.

[ image: No Hollywood-style happy ending to the scandal in sight]
No Hollywood-style happy ending to the scandal in sight
The Clintons were also invited to the New York holiday home of Hollywood star Alec Baldwin and his actress wife, Kim Basinger.

At an informal reception, which included live music from Hootie and the Blowfish, the Clintons hugged each other in front of 1,500 guests.

And Mr Clinton told his audience that he believed he was doing a good job in the White House.

Actor and host Alec Baldwin said: "I'm a loyal Democrat, I hope to die a Democrat."

Earlier, guests had paid $5,000 each to attend a reception for the Clintons hosted by orchestra conductor Jonathan Scheffer and his companion Christopher Barley.

Testimony looms

[ image: Cardboard cut-outs: Mr Clinton and Ms Lewinsky outside the federal court house]
Cardboard cut-outs: Mr Clinton and Ms Lewinsky outside the federal court house
On August 17, the President is to testify about his alleged sexual relationship with former White House intern Miss Lewinsky, and accusations that he told her to lie about it.

The testimony will be relayed live on video from the White House to the federal court house, and will also be recorded for those jurors who cannot be present.

There have been reports that Miss Lewinsky has handed over crucial evidence to the investigators.

Mr Clinton has said he will answer prosecutors' questions about Monica Lewinsky "completely and truthfully".

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