July 9, 2014
George Clooney accuses the Daily Mail of 'inventing' stories about partner, Amal Alamuddin
Actor writes angry opinion piece following story about Alamuddin's mother
George Clooney has written an angry opinion piece aimed at the Daily Mail, accusing the newspaper of "inventing" stories about his partner.
Clooney, who is believed to be engaged to lawyer Amal Alamuddin (pictured right), wrote a piece published by USA Today, responding to a story printed by the publication earlier this week in which it was claimed that Alamuddin's mother disapproves of their relationship on religious reasons and wants her daughter to marry into the family's Druze religion.
"First of all, factually none of the story is true," says Clooney in the statement. "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."
The original report, which has since been removed from the Mail's website, stated that Amal risked being "cast out of the community" and "that several women have been murdered" for not abiding by strict Druze rules.
"If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or the marriage is 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," Clooney 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."
And, he adds, "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 did not respond to USA Today's requests for comment.
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