George Clooney Hits Out at Tabloid That Allegedly Put His Fiancee’s Life in Danger

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George Clooney has hit out at British tabloid the Daily Mail, alleging the paper has run a false story about his fiancee, the human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, that has put her life and the lives of her family at risk.

The Mail, which has been ramping up its coverage of Hollywood stars and has targeted the U.S. as a growth market for its website, claimed that Alamuddin’s mother, Baria, opposed their forthcoming marriage on religious grounds, and cited unnamed family members as its source.

In a statement published by USA Today, Clooney wrote: “I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday’s Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well-being.

“The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancee’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.”

He goes on to refute key details of the Mail’s story: “None of the story is factually true. 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.”

He adds: “The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.

“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.”

Clooney, whose father was a TV journalist and broadcaster, continued: “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.”

He concluded: “The Daily Mail, more than any other organization that calls itself news, has proved time and time again that facts make no difference in the articles they make up.”

He cites several examples of Mail stories that were wrong, including that Alamuddin was pregnant, their marriage would be held on the set of “Downton Abbey,” and that he is running for political office. He adds that their stories have been picked up by other media outlets around the world.

“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.”

UPDATE: The Mail version of the story online was amended six hours after it was first posted on the website, and has since been removed entirely. The tabloid subsequently released the following statement in response to Clooney’s piece:

“The Mail Online 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 U.K. and the Druze in Beirut. 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.”

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  1. Hit out? Is that some hipster slang?

  2. SickOfAssholes says:

    Jrandi, I guess if they were lying about you and your significant other that you would “come up for air” too maybe?

    I can only imagine how it feels to have constant lies spread about you in the media, to have people who have never met you act as if they do, to have people judging you as if they actually know you and calling you horrific names like the Kardashians have to go through. None of us know what actually happens with these people. We don’t know what they are going through. And “Reality” shows are not REAL. Real life doesn’t need “writers”‘ like the so called reality shows do. Just know, it is all fabricated and unless you are that person you have no idea what that person is thinking or doing.

  3. Anne says:

    BTW, Druze are not muslims and do not participate or advocate for Sharia Law, they are simply a clan to themselves.

  4. Anne says:

    Clooney is not to be believed. I am a Druze Lebanese and all of the country knows the Amal Alamuddin and her family are Druze -yes, even her mother. They are one of the heads of the clan! If Amal’s mother did not say those things- then just say that her mother did not say those things and is not opposed to the wedding- but, for him to say that they are not Druze is a blatant lie and makes Clooney just look stupid like he doesn’t even know the ethnic background of who he is marrying and is just trying to prove the media wrong once again. Looks like this time they got one thing right, George. BTW, Druze in Lebanon marry outside of their sect nowadays, and nobody is killed for it.

    Thank you.

  5. Carolyn Rao says:

    Why can’t people just be happy for the Bride to be and Mr. Clooney. this is supposed to be a joyous occasion . Hearsay and gossip , only hurts others families and friends. Good luck and best wishes to the Happy couple. God bless

  6. Maya says:

    the dailymail comment is simply laughable at best and irritating and stupid at worst. so a lousy excuse for: we didn’t fact check the article ourselves before running it.

  7. Rick Landover says:

    misinforming

  8. Rick Landover says:

    I’m not a fan of Clooney’s politics, but He has a right to defend his Fiancee, if he thinks the article is dangerous and misforming…

  9. jrandl says:

    The only time his life was in danger is when he got fired from the Wells factory in Langford ill. He run into another perfect storm.

  10. Sissy Stevens says:

    Some people will do anything to make a mortgage payment. The Daily Mail has departed from the Journalist’s code of ethics so far as to be categorized into fiction. The harm journalists inflict on others with false reports is likened to domestic terrorism.

  11. Deb says:

    I am disappointed in the context of the article. The journalist put George Clooney and his fiancé in harms way. Some religious fanatic could use this to cause harm to them and the families.

  12. tony says:

    I woke like to apologise on behalf of all us Brits for this rag.

    • Grace says:

      It’s called the “Daily Fail,” for a reason. It’s similar to reading the Enquirer, you read it for amusement, not hard facts.

    • Jenny says:

      I agree with you tony, it is a national embarrassment. It appears to makes no attempt to check facts or consider the consequences of the statements it makes. I am not sure if they are malicious or simply incompetent, either way they make a mockery of the word journalism.

  13. OMG! Her life is in danger?!?! You wanted your PRIVACY Mr. George Clooney, now it has been exposed in a big way! Sorry but you will have to deal with all of the feedback. You and Miss Alamuddin too, sorry about that, but you chose this, deal with it as it comes Please.

    • Maya says:

      you do realize Clooney rarely comment on tabloid articles about him or his family and friends, in fact unlike many other famous people he takes this invasion of his privacy with class and usually just ignores it.
      so like Wheels said, you win stupidest comment.

      • @Maya, I am sorry you feel I win the stupidest comment. I was just giving my opinion, but I guess that is not allowed on here or anywhere else. I do not say nothing about anyone else’s comments. Everyone has his or her own say on something.

      • Maya says:

        Hey Karen
        I know little about muslim laws and even less about Amal work record- i could be wrong but she may not have total control over the cases she is given especially if she is not partner at her law firm, it may be that she was assigned to those cases. anyway, I do feel it is not George place to comment about Amal’s career choices. the person you should ask of the “why” is her not him. i’m sure she doesn’t stick her nose into his professional career unless asked, and visa versa.

        I’d say if you have any issues with it you should send her a letter. she may chose to respond, she may not.

        as for why he spoke up, i think it was less about upsetting muslims and more about being fearful someone might take the wrong idea due to false information and decides to hurt the woman he loves or someone within her family and probably even his. i don’t know what’s Amal religion is (and if she even practice it) but in any religion there are fanatics who think killing in the name of some fabricated entity is right.

    • Wheels says:

      Congrats! You win the Stupidest Comment of the Day. Using your logic then, if a truck came barreling towards your office and rammed through the walls and hit your desk (potentially killing you), it would be your fault because you chose to work, right?

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