Apology not accepted! Clooney disregards tabloid’s apology
The British tabloid issued their mea culpa Wednesday, and took down the offending article, but defended their decision to run the story based on “good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist.”
In his second op-ed piece for USA Today, the two-time Academy Award winner calmly stated, “"There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The cover-up is always worse." Ouch. The actor thanked the Daily Mail for its apology, but said, “I would never accept it.”
The showdown began with a recent Daily Mail article, which claimed Clooney’s future mother-in-law, Baria, is opposed to her daughter’s, Amal Alamuddin, upcoming nuptials with the Hollywood hunk due to her religious beliefs in Druze. A branch of Shia Islam, Druze is practiced primarily in Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, which is where Baria grew up. According to the article, "Amal's mother has been telling 'half of Beirut' that she's against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride."
Clooney slammed the claims, writing Baria is not, in fact, Druze, and that she is not opposed to their marriage. In his op-ed, Clooney admitted he’s used to reading bogus stories written about him, so has he been so vocal against this particular story? "When they put my family and my friends in harm's way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.”
Clooney and Alamuddin announced their engagement in April.