George Clooney has had it with The Daily Mail. In a letter posted by USA Today, the actor blasted the Daily Mail for publishing a story (which originally appear on its site) about him, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, and her mother. The Daily Mail article said that Alamuddin’s mother was against the two getting married based on religious beliefs.
Clooney explained that the article was completely false, and called out the Daily Mail for being reckless. “The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” wrote Clooney. “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.”
When the Great Clooney speaks, the world listens. Or at least, a paper that published an erroneous article listens. Not long after Clooney’s article was published, the Daily Mail issued a statement apologizing for the incident:
The Mail Online 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 UK 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 apologise to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused.
We have removed the article from our website and will be contacting Mr Clooney’s representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight.
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