George Clooney is taking up arms against a news outlet. In a now-removed article, the Daily Mail printed a report on Monday that George Clooney’s future mother-in-law was opposing the wedding due to religious differences. The report claimed that Baria, mother of Clooney’s fiancé Amal Alamuddin, was a member of the Druze religion who was telling her religious circles in Lebanon that the wedding should not take place.
On Wednesday, Clooney responded with a carefully written and cohesive op-ed against the Daily Mail, published with USA Today. The 52-year-old actor took pains to clarify that the report was untrue, explaining that Baria was not Druze, not opposed to the wedding, and had not been in Beirut, Lebanon in months, much less speaking out to her friends there.
He took his argument a bit further as well, acknowledging that while false stories are an expected part of the celebrity, he felt the Daily Mail went too far. “I’m, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories,” he wrote. “And I don’t care….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.”
According to Today News, the Daily Mail responded to the op-ed in a statement. They apologized to the involved parties and claimed an investigation would be launched into how a story “supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist” could be so incorrect.