Daily Mail Retracts Article, Issues Apology to Clooney for 'False Fiancée Story'

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By Ma Evelyn Castino Quilas | July 10, 2014 11:52 AM EST

British Web site Daily Mail has issued an apology statement to American Actor George Clooney after he slammed the tabloid for false fiancée story via an op-ed. The tabloid has also taken a step further removing the article from the Web site.

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U.S. actor George Clooney adjusts his bowtie as he arrives for the premiere of "Gravity" at the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice in this file photo taken August 28, 2013. Clooney criticized Britain's Daily Mail on Wednesday for publishing a "completely fabricated" story saying his future mother-in-law is against his upcoming marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

Time Magazine cited a Daily Mail spokesman said the article was not fabricated but was provided by a trustworthy and reliable freelance journalist in good faith.

"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," Time Magazine reported.

The Daily Mail spokesman mentioned they will be getting in touch with Clooney's representative to discuss providing the actor with the chance to "set the record straight."

In the original Daily Mail article which was already removed, the tabloid claimed Clooney's future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin objected his upcoming wedding with her daughter Amal Alamuddin, who was a human right lawyer based on several religious grounds.

Clooney ferociously pointed out the inaccuracies of the Daily Mail report in an op-ed published at USA Today. He said he seldom replies to tabloids unless someone else encompasses his safety or well-being.

"The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons," the 53-year-old actor cited referring to the original article published on July 7.

"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," the actor added with emphasis on the last phrase, "the death of the bride."

The three-time Golden Globe awardee clarified his fiancée's mom is not a Druze and has not been to Beirut since Clooney and Amal have started dating. He also pointed out the tabloid irresponsibly exploited the non-existing religious differences to sell the paper.

The son of a retired broadcast journalist Nick Clooney, the actor further explained he accepted the idea that from time to time the freedom of speech can cause inconvenience to his private life.

But for that particular false story on his fiancée, the actor went nuclear and called the tabloid "very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous."

 "They [Daily Mail] cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence," Clooney stressed.

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U.S. actor George Clooney adjusts his bowtie as he arrives for the premiere of "Gravity" at the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice in this file photo taken August 28, 2013. Clooney criticized Britain's Daily Mail on Wednesday for publishing a "completely fabricated" story saying his future mother-in-law is against his upcoming marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
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