George Clooney Slams Daily Mail For 'Inciting Violence'
Furious star calls out British tabloid for 'made-up' story about his planned wedding...
George Clooney has taken issue with a British newspaper for "inciting violence" in relation to his fiancée Amal Alamuddin.
The Hollywood star used a column in USA Today to vent furiously at the Daily Mail - which had claimed that his future mother-in-law was opposed to the marriage.
He wrote: "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."
And in case readers thought he was being overly dramatic, the 53-year-old star took care to explain his objections - explaining that his future MiL hadn't been to Beirut since the engagement and was not even a member of the Druze religion.
"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," he continued.
"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 newspaper is dubbed the "Hate Mail" by critics for its negative and divisive editorial approach - and it sounds as though George counts himself among its opponents.
"The Daily Mail, more than any other organisation that calls itself news, has proved time and time again that facts make no difference in the articles they make up," he stated.
"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."
And Amal's mum Baria backed him up with a statement that contradicted the Mail's report.
The Sun quoted her as saying: "We are all absolutely fine and there are not problems or tensions at all concerning George and Amal.
"Our families get on brilliantly."
Update: MailOnline have since pulled the article from their website, saying in a statement, "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."
It continued: "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."