The Daily Mail is officially on page one of George Clooney’s burn book.

In an essay published on USA Today’s Web site Wednesday morning, the Oscar winner slammed the British tabloid for publishing a “negligent” and “dangerous” story about religious in-fighting in the family of his fiancee, lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

According to the original Daily Mail story, which has since been replaced with an official apology, Alamuddin’s mother, Baria, is against the marriage because Clooney is not Druze, a Middle Eastern sect primarily found in Lebanon. Alamuddin is of Lebanese descent. Clooney writes in his essay that her mother is not Druze.

“The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” wrote Clooney. “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.”

It took less than 12 hours for the actor, who rarely joins the tabloid fray, to set the record straight on several fronts. Here’s what we know now.

1. George Clooney is, in fact, engaged

This is the first time Clooney has publicly admitted he’s about to get hitched. Back in October he told People Magazine that he was still single, and denied the rumors that he was dating Katie Holmes, Croatian model Monika Jakisic or Alamuddin.

2. The wedding is not going down at Downton 

Clooney counts rumors that he and Alamuddin plan to tie the knot on the real-live set of BBC period drama “Downtown Abbey” among the tabloid’s many “idiotic stories.” So, Lord Grantham probably won’t be officiating, and Lady Mary won’t be skulking in the background.

3. Clooney isn’t going Governator

In June, the Daily Mirror reported that Clooney was eyeing a run for governor in California and, perhaps a 2020 presidential bid. Clooney’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, described the story as a “fabrication.” Now we have confirmation from the man himself, who wrote that the rumor was invented.


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