George Clooney rejects Daily Mail’s apology for ‘fabricated’ article he claimed ‘incited violence’ towards fiancée’s family in second column
'There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong,' he began. 'The cover-up is always worse'
George Clooney has refused to accept the Daily Mail’s written apology for publishing an article that implied the actor's mother-in-law was opposed to his forthcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin on religious grounds.
The MailOnline, the website of the Daily Mail which ran the story, issued a written statement in response to Clooney’s article, in which they apologised and vowed to launch an investigation into the incident.
Clooney has since written a second column for USA Today, in which he rejected the MailOnline’s statement and accused them of “lying” by denying the piece was “fabricated”.
“There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong,” he began. “The cover-up is always worse.
“In this case, the Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none. In the apology, managing editor Charles Garside claims that the article was ‘not a fabrication,’ but ‘based the story on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community.’
“The problem is that none of that is true. The original story never cites that source, but instead goes out of its way to insist on four different occasions that ‘a family friend’ spoke directly to the Mail. A ‘family friend’ was the source. So either they were lying originally or they're lying now.
He then went on to cite an article the MailOnline had published in April, the facts of which sharply contradicted those of the offending piece.
Clooney continued: “Furthermore, they knew ahead of time that they were lying. In an article dated April 28, 2014, reporter Richard Spillett writes in the Mail that ‘Ramzi, (Amal's father), married outside the Druze faith,’ and a family friend said that ‘Baria, (Amal's mom), is not Druze.’ The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway.
“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. In fact, a premeditated lie,” he concluded.
“So I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they've exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.”
The MailOnline is yet to issue a further response to Clooney’s rejection.
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