George Clooney Not Impressed With Tabloid’s ApologyBy: Kimberly Ripley - July 12, 2014
George Clooney isn’t impressed in the least with the apology he received on behalf of The Daily Mail for an article they published stating his fiancee’s mother wasn’t behind her daughter’s marriage to the actor because of religious reasons. Clooney called the article “at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.”
The article claimed that Baria Alamuddin was “telling ‘half of Beirut’ that she’s against the wedding” for religious reasons, Clooney explained earlier this week in a rare statement about his personal life. The piece also joked, he added, about the death of the bride in cases where a member of a Druze family–which Amal Alamuddin is not–marries outside of the faith.
After George Clooney said the article was all lies, the tabloid removed it from its website and issued an apology, along with a statement made to E!, in which they said they had “accepted Mr. Clooney’s assurance” that the story wasn’t true. However, the statement also said the piece was “not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist” who had based her story on conversations with “senior members of the Lebanese community in the U.K. and the Druze in Beirut.”
George Clooney doesn’t buy that for a minute.
“The problem is that none of that is true,” he said in a statement to USA Today. “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.”
Clooney explained that he knows the tabloid was well aware there was no truth to their story because they published an article back in April saying his future father-in-law, Ramzi Alamuddin, married outside the Druze faith.
Today’s world is already rife with fighting over religion. Just take a look at what is happening in Israel right now. George Clooney is well within his means for calling out The Daily Mail on their false statements and even more so for not accepting their trite apology.
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