George Clooney is used to having newspapers and magazines write about him with varying degrees of accuracy. But he's now saying that enough is enough.
Clooney has written an opinion piece for USA Today in which he says that the Mail put his family and friends "in harm's way" with a report about his fiancée's mother being unhappy about their upcoming marriage.
The report Clooney took exception to was posted on MailOnline on Monday.
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 wellbeing. 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.Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.First of all, none of the story is factually true. Amal's mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage – but none of that is the issue
But this lie involves larger issues. 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.
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 very proud.
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 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.
The Mail has issued an apology for the original article, which has now been taken down.