George Clooney on Wednesday slammed Daily Mail for publishing a story on Monday which claimed that his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mum is against their upcoming marriage because of religious issues.
In an op-ed for USA Today, the actor lambasted the British newspaper for its ‘irresponsibility’ in publishing a cooked up story of Amal’s mum being a Druze and her telling ‘half of Beirut’ that she’s against her daughter marrying him.
‘None of the story is factually true,’ Clooney wrote. ‘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.’
‘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,’ he added.
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,’ Clooney continued. ‘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.’
Dali Mail has taken down the article and apologized. But they still defended the author of the story while at the same time promising that they will investigate the matter.
The paper said in a statement:
The MailOnline story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist. She based her story on conversations with a long standing contact who has strong connections with senior members of the Lebanese community in the U.K. and the Druze in Beirut. We only became aware of Mr. Clooney’s concerns this morning and have launched a full investigation. However, 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.