George Clooney called out the Daily Mail for a piece it published Monday regarding his future mother-in-law. The publication since apologized and took down the story, a rarity for tabloids. But Clooney has rejected its apology, saying “the coverup is always worse” than the wrong act.
It’s his second statement published by USA Today, where he said the Daily Mail knowingly lied when it published a story insinuating religious tensions regarding his fiancee’s family.
Clooney said Managing Editor Charles Garside wrote that the story was not a fabrication, but “based the story on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community.”
Clooney said 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.”
Clooney referenced a story the Daily Mail published in April, when a reporter wrote that Amal’s mother was in fact not Druze because her father had married outside the religion. Then, in the story from Monday, said Amal’s mother opposed the two’s marriage because of religious reasons.
“The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway.”