George Clooney is speaking out, loud and clear, about a report claiming that his future mother-in-law is opposed to his upcoming marriage to her daughter, Amal Alamuddin, due to religious reasons.
“I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday’s Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancee’s mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons. It says Amal’s mother has been telling ‘half of Beirut’ that she’s against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride,” he wrote in a column for USA Today. “Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.”
The 53-year-old continued in the piece by pointing out the inaccuracies of the stories and calling out other reports concerning their upcoming wedding.
“First of all, none of the story is factually true. Amal’s mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage — but none of that is the issue. I’m, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories — they do it several times a week — and I don’t care. If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of ‘Downton Abbey,’ or that I’m running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don’t care,” he wrote. “But this lie involves larger issues. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”
Adding, “The Daily Mail, more than any other organization that calls itself news, has proved time and time again that facts make no difference in the articles they make up. And when they put my family and my friends in harm’s way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.”
The Daily Mail has since removed their story and said in a statement that the information had been “supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist.”
“We accept Mr. Clooney’s assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused,” the paper continued.
-- Jesse Spero