After Clooney denying false reports, The Daily Mail apologized to the actor.
U.K. publication The Daily Mail previously reported that George Clooney’s future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin was discouraging her daughter from marrying Clooney for religious beliefs. The 53-year-old actor refuted these reports as "completely fabricated" and "dangerous."
The long-time bachelor is finally ready to settle down with successful lawyer, Amal Alamuddin, 36.
The brunette beauty is from Beruit and her father Ramzi belongs to the religious Druse family. Based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, the Druse are adherents of a monotheistic religion.
The original article, which has since been deleted stated that Alamuddin would risk being "cast out of the community" if she married Clooney. The report went on to say that her mother, Baria, wants her to marry a Druse man and if she did not, she would risk being murdered for disobeying Druse law. All of the claimed information was told by a supposed family "friend" of Alamuddin.
Clooney quickly rebutted the false claims and labeled the story as "completely fabricated," in a statement to USA Today.
"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 said.
He went on to say that "to exploit religious differences where non exist is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous."
Wednesday morning, The Daily Mail released a statement apologizing to the actor, his fiancée and her family.
"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.
Mail Online has offered Clooney the opportunity to set the record straight.
While the Druse do instill strict laws and rarely marry outside the religious boundaries, Clooney has been welcomed into their community. In fact, the political leader of Lebanon’s sect, Walid Jumblatt, told the Associated Press that he hopes the couple will visit the Druse home soon.
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