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Newspaper says sorry after George Clooney slams story

By Jill Lawless

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Daily Mail newspaper apologized to George Clooney on Wednesday for alleging his fiancee's mother opposed the marriage on religious grounds - a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible.

Clooney is engaged to Beirut-born London lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who comes from a family of Druse, adherents of a monotheistic religion based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

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Citing unnamed family "friends," the newspaper's MailOnline website reported this week that her mother, Baria Alamuddin, wanted her 36-year-old daughter to marry a Druse man. It said Amal Alamuddin risked being "cast out of the community" if she wed Clooney, and claimed several women had been murdered for not abiding by strict Druse rules.

Clooney called the story "completely fabricated."

In a statement issued to USA Today, he said Baria Alamuddin was not Druse and "is in no way against the marriage."

Clooney, 53, added that "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," he said, accusing the newspaper of "inciting violence."

The newspaper said Wednesday that the story had been "supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist."

"We accept Mr. Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused," it said in a statement.

The Mail said it had removed the article from the website "and will be contacting Mr. Clooney's representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight."

The Druse are a close-knit community and rarely marry outside their sect. But some Druse have welcomed Clooney.

Walid Jumblatt, political leader of the sect in Lebanon, told The Associated Press recently that he hoped the couple would soon visit the Druse heartland.

Clooney will bring us "great publicity," Jumblatt said. "He can make a movie about the Druse sect."


Associated Press writer Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.

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bert hall July 09 2014 at 9:55 AM


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Robert Johnston July 09 2014 at 9:27 AM

Who cares about this over paid phony??

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beasmommom July 09 2014 at 9:29 AM

Oh, George, ignore their mistakes like we ignore yours.

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tom beasmommom July 09 2014 at 12:50 PM

What number is she? 102?

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Deborah tom July 09 2014 at 1:21 PM

He just needs a "breard" he's as gay as his pal Obama. Wonder what they do when the girls are not around.

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abigailmartinez3 tom July 09 2014 at 2:55 PM

Why do you care about mistakes other than your own? Deborah, you know this for a fact...how?

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Denise July 09 2014 at 9:45 AM

Who cares about this pompous A^^! Terrible actor and a legend in his own mind

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abigailmartinez3 Denise July 09 2014 at 3:01 PM

You don't have to go to or watch his movies!

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iluvfreespeech abigailmartinez3 July 10 2014 at 4:50 AM

I know a lot that don't anymore

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NormaJean July 09 2014 at 9:28 AM

Does any one really care?

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G July 09 2014 at 9:25 AM

George is furious.......yawn.....big deal. Clearly, a sloooooow AOL news day.

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mgt0331 July 09 2014 at 9:27 AM

This guy is a true liberal Douche. Stay in England and see if they watch your crappy films. Douche. Oh, NOBODY CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jurmik July 09 2014 at 9:32 AM

Mr Clooney, the USA is very interested at what you do, but are they aware you are marrying an Arab lady...

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abigailmartinez3 jurmik July 09 2014 at 3:05 PM

My grandson's father is half Lebanese Arab, that side of his family has ALWAYS been Maronite Catholics and very Christian just like his Italian side, so what if GC's fiancee is Arab?

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Peggy Prater Mcmilla July 09 2014 at 10:17 AM

He protests too much.

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Marcia July 09 2014 at 9:53 AM

I see trouble on the horizon. Religion is far more important than fame and money.

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