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Friday 19 September 2014

Clooney slams tabloid ‘lies’

George Clooney

George Clooney is angry that a false story involving his fiancée's mother ran earlier this week, prompting the star to issue a damning response.

The Hollywood heavyweight has issued a damning response to a story that was published earlier this week in a British newspaper which stated that his fiancée Amal Alamuddin's mother was opposed to their impending nuptials.

Reasons given for her aversion to the wedding were religious grounds; something George says is simply not true.

"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 wellbeing.

"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," George wrote in a statement published by USA Today.

"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."

George points out that he is used to reading made-up stories about himself, and usually pays them little to no attention.

But the 53-year-old star, who states that he's the son of a newsman and understands the need for freedom of speech, is irate that a story involving supposed religious differences has run.

"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.

"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 wrote.

Amal's mother Baria already hit back at the claims earlier this week, calling them untrue and revealing there are absolutely no problems.

George and Amal's wedding date is rumoured to be at the end of September, but the latest stories have left the Gravity actor fuming.

"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," he added.

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