Following Clooney's reaction, The Mail has issued an apology.
George Clooney has hit back at the Daily Mail for allegedly misrepresenting the attitude of his fiance’s mother. The A-lister accused the publication of irresponsibility, after a story, published in the Mail claimed that his future mother-in-law opposed the marriage on religious grounds.
Clooney considers the article a gross misrepresentation.
The British tabloid, he said via the BBC, had been "negligent" in "exploit[ing] religious differences where none exist". Clooney’s accusation refers to the Mail Online’s claim earlier this week that Amal Allamudin’s mother wished for her daughter to be married within the Druze sect.
Clooney was adamant that the story was completely untrue. In a piece published by USA Today, Clooney said he was "used to the Daily Mail making up stories" and accepted "freedom of speech can be an inconvenience to [his] private life".
He accused the tabloid of crossing a line and said that the Mail’s actions bordered on inciting violence.
"It says Amal's mother has been telling 'half of Beirut' that she's against the wedding," the 53-year-old wrote.
"It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride."
Clooney got engaged to 36-year-old Amal Alamuddin back in April.
This steps over the boundary of celebrity gossip and straight into scary territory. It is also not true, according to Clooney, who said that Baria Alamuddin was not even a part of the Druze religion. Amal’s family comes from Lebanon and her father is part of the Druze religion. Her journalist mother, however, is not.
Since the statement was published, The Mail Online has issued an apology."We accept Mr. Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate," it said in a statement via the AP. On Wednesday, the website also claimed to be reaching out to Clooney’s reps in an effort to set the record straight.