Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Website apologizes for Clooney mother-in-law story

LONDON (AP) — The British website Mail Online apologized Wednesday to George Clooney for alleging that his fiancee’s mother opposed their marriage on religious grounds – a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible.

Clooney is engaged to Beirut-born London lawyer Amal Alamuddin, whose father Ramzi belongs to a prominent Druse family. The Druse are adherents of a monotheistic religion based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

Actor George Clooney has chastised a British newspaper over an article claiming his fiancee’s mother disapproves of the impending marriage for religious reasons. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Citing unnamed family “friends,” Mail Online, which is affiliated with Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid, reported this week that 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 that several Druse 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 – a well-known journalist – 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.

Mail Online said Wednesday in a statement 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.

Mail Online said it had removed the article and will contact Clooney’s representatives “to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight.”

Clooney and Alamuddin have not announced a date yet for their nuptials. It is the second marriage for him and the first for her.

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 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.”

 

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!