Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – George Clooney has released a response to the Daily Mail on Wednesday regarding an article about his fiancé Amal Alamuddin’s mother’s supposed stance against their marriage, saying it is a “completely fabricated story.”
In an op-ed he exclusively published via USA Today, Clooney began, “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 fiancée’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.”
The “Gravity” star went on to explain that had the story been a relatively less dangerous one, he would not have cared, but this particular story, he said, “involves larger issues,” wherein the Mail’s capacity to reach out to people—family and friends included—all over the world may pose harm and danger, depending on what they convey to their readers.
While the 53-year-old actor said he accepts that freedom of speech—as he is the son of a newsman after all—and certain stories may “inconvenience [his]” private life from time to time, he stressed the irresponsibility and negligence that certain newsmakers commit, particularly in “exploiting religious differences where none exist.”
Towards the end, he wrote, “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.”
“They must be so proud,” he closed.
On Monday, British tabloid Daily Mail ran a news article saying Alamuddin’s mother Baria Alamuddin was against her daughter and Clooney’s marriage because she apparently wanted Amal to marry someone the Druze sect (a religious sect they supposedly belong to) instead of an outsider like Clooney.
The story has since been taken down from the site and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the Daily Mail has issued an apology to Clooney “for any distress caused.”