George Clooney Rejects Daily Mail Apology
Star labels British newspaper 'the worst kind of tabloid'...
George Clooney has refused to accept an apology from the Daily Mail for a story about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin's family.
The Hollywood star launched a blistering attack on the British newspaper earlier this week, accusing it of "inciting violence" with the "fabricated" tale.
The paper has since retracted the story and apologised, but the 53-year-old star has penned another article for USA Today in which he hammers the Mail again.
"There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong," he said. "The cover-up is always worse.
"The original story never cites the 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.
"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."
And he explained why he was in no mood to make nice with the rag.
"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."