'Daily Mail' apologizes to George Clooney

'Daily Mail' apologizes to George Clooney

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Actor George Clooney attends the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, DC, April 28, 2012. The annual event, which brings together US President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities and Washington correspondents, features comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 12:10 PM

The actor slammed the Daily Mail for a "completely fabricated" story about fiancee Amal Alamuddin's mother being concerned about their marriage for religious reasons.

"If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I'm running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don't care. But this lie involves larger issues."

More: George Clooney's full statement

On Wednesday morning, MailOnline took the story down and issued a statement, apologizing to the actor and saying it was "not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist."

The Mail has "launched a full investigation."

It went on to say, "However, we accept Mr. Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologise to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused."

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