George Clooney was so incensed by the Daily Mail article surrounding his marriage to Amal Alamuddin, he broke he usual stance of silence and spoke out. Now, the newspaper has responded with contrition.
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In an official apology to Mr. Clooney, The Daily Mail while the story had been "supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist,” it accepted “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,” in a statement.
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The Mail added that it had removed the article from the website "and will be contacting Mr. Clooney's representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight."
The initial article had stated that Baria Alamuddin wanted her 36-year-old daughter to marry a Druse man, adding that Amal Alamuddin risked being "cast out of the community" if she married the Hollowood actor. It even claimed that women had been murdered for not abiding by strict Druse rules.
Clooney’s response to the article stated that his future mother in law "is in no way against the marriage," before accusing the newspaper of "inciting violence." He added: "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.”
By all accounts the Druse - aclose-knit community who rarely marry outside their culture - have welcomed Clooney. Political leader of the sect in Lebanon, Walid Jumblatt, told The Associated Press recently that he hoped the couple would soon visit the Druse heartland. Clooney will bring us "great publicity. He can make a movie about the Druse sect,” he said.