George Clooney has slammed the Daily Mail after it claimed his fiancee Amal Alamuddin's mother was opposing their marriage on religious grounds.
The Mail published a report on Monday which stated Alamuddin's mother Baria wanted her daughter to marry "within their strict Lebanese religious sect."
On Wednesday, Clooney responded to the story by explaining how the newspaper had written a "completely fabricated story." His article, published on USA Today, has prompted the Mail to issue a statement of apology.
It read, "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."
The original story has since been removed from the Mail Online.
Writing exclusively for USA Today, Clooney said, "I'm, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories - they do it several times a week - 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."
Clooney closed the piece by stating, "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."
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