George Clooney Knows How to Get Things Done
The Gravity star was furious about an article the UK website the Daily Mail wrote claiming his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mother Baria did not approve of the couple’s upcoming nuptials based on her religious beliefs.
The Oscar winner was so incensed he wrote an op-ed piece for USA Today calling the bogus story “irresponsible” and possibly even “dangerous.”
Clooney, who is supposedly tying the knot with his the British lawyer in Italy this fall, specifically took issue with the DM’s attempt to stir up controversy with regards to Amal’s family hailing from Lebanon. Clooney wrote that Amal’s mother “is in no way against the marriage — but none of that is the issue. I’m, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories — they do it several times a week — and I don’t care. If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I’m running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don’t care.”
“But this lie involves larger issues,” the 53-year-old star continued, “The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. 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.”
Clooney’s dramatic approach worked. The Daily Mail removed the article and promptly issued the following apology to the actor and Amal’s family.
“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.”