Daily Mail retracts 'dangerous' George Clooney story after actor speaks out
Citing unnamed sources, British tabloid The Daily Mail published a story claiming the actor's future mother-in-law was opposing his marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin due to her religious beliefs.
The Oscar winner wasted no time in firing back in an op-ed piece for USA Today, stating, "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. Let me repeat that: the death of the bride. 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."
The actor goes on to say, while he is used to the Daily Mail making up stories about him, this one crossed the line: "The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.
"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 writes. "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. They must be so very proud."
The actor's words appeared to have made a lasting impression on the tabloid, as Wednesday (June 9) it removed the article from its website and issued the following 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."