George Clooney railed against a newspaper for allegedly concocting a false story about his relationship with his future mother-in-law, Baria. Earlier this week, Daily Mail claimed that Amal Alamuddin's mother had been "telling half of Beirut" that she didn't think George was good enough for her lawyer daughter because he was not Druze, an Islamic sect that is big in Syria and Amal's native Lebanon. The report claimed that Baria and her family joked about the Druze custom of excommunicating and even physically harming men and women who marry outside of the Druze sect. However, George claims that the report is completely fabricated and also damaging to the health and safety of his fiancée's family. George 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. First of all, 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 — but none of that is the issue [. . .] 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. 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."
George then went on to chastise the paper for placing his "family and friends in harm's way" and said that it had crossed "far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence."
This is the second time this year that George has publicly responded to reports about his private life. Back in April, a report came out that claimed that George got in a fight with conservative hotel magnate Steve Wynn while discussing politics over dinner. The actor confirmed that the story of the argument was true, but clarified that he got upset because Steve was calling President Barack Obama disrespectful names, even after George said that he considered him a friend and that he should back off.
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