George Clooney responds to 'fictitious' report about fiancee's mum
The Daily Mail isn't about to get away with a "completely fabricated" story about George Clooney's mother-in-law.
USA Today published an angry response from US actor George Clooney on Wednesday (July 9) in which the 53-year-old star reacted to an article which was printed in the UK publication claiming that his "fiancee's mother is opposing (their forthcoming) marriage for religious reasons."
Clooney, in his reply, addresses the allegations in the story which claim that "Amal's mother has been telling 'half of Beirut' that she's against the wedding (and that) they joke about traditions in the Druze religion (which) end up with the death of the bride."
The Gravity actor later shoots down the different fabrications compiled in the story, stating that "Amal's mother is not Druze", that "she has not been to Beirut since Amal and (him) have been dating" and finally reassuring that his future mother-in-law "is in no way against the marriage."
Clooney also took the time to address the "larger issue at hand" when he pointed out "the irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous."
And of all people, it is this superstar who knows the name of the game when it comes to journalism.
"I'm the son of a newsman; I accept the idea that freedom of speech can be an inconvenience to my private life from time to time," wrote Clooney, son of US journalist Nick Clooney who is best remembered for his hard-hitting coverage of the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire.
According to The Guardian, The Daily Mail has apologised to Clooney for publishing the inaccurate story about him, his fiancee and her mother.
The article has since been taken down from its website and it is planning to give the actor an "opportunity to set the record straight."
Sources: USA Today and The Guardian