A British tabloid has apologized to George Clooney for publishing false information about his fiancee's family. The story implied the actor's future mother-in-law was opposed to his upcoming marriage to human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin because of religious beliefs.
Clooney bashed the Daily Mail article on Wednesday in a column for USA Today. He called claims in the story "completely fabricated" and accused editors of the U.K. newspaper and its internet counterpart, which originally published the story, of "inciting violence" by exploiting "religious differences where none exist."
In response to his column, executives at the Daily Mail said in a statement, "The MailOnline story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist...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 apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused."