George Clooney rejects Daily Mail apology
Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30
George Clooney has refused to accept an apology from the 'Daily Mail's' website over a story claiming his fiancee's mother objected to their marriage.
"The Mail knew the story ... was false and printed it anyway," he wrote in a statement published by 'USA Today'.
The newspaper, he continued, was "the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers".
The Mail Online apologised "for any distress caused" by its story, while denying it had been fabricated.
Clooney thanked the 'Daily Mail' for its apology before adding: "Not that I would ever accept it.
"What separates this from all of the ridiculous things the 'Mail' makes up is that now, by their own admission, it can be proved to be a lie."
Clooney first voiced his dissatisfaction with the Mail on Wednesday, accusing it of "irresponsibility" and "inciting violence" by claiming Baria Alamuddin objected to him marrying her daughter Amal on religious grounds.
The 'Mail's' report – published online on Monday and then in print on Tuesday in an amended form – said "close family friends" had told them that Baria Alamuddin had been "telling half of Beirut" her daughter "could do better".
In its apology, the Mail Online said the story had been "supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist" who had "based her story on conversations with a long-standing contact".
Clooney took issue with that in his latest statement. "The problem is that none of that is true," he wrote.
"So either they were lying originally or they're lying now."