George Clooney has rejected an apology from British news site The Daily Mail over an article it ran Monday claiming his fiancée's mother disapproved of their wedding plans.
On Wednesday, Clooney rejected the story, writing in USA Today
that it was "completely fabricated" and sought "to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous."
The editors removed the story that same day, and issued an apology
and an explanation, writing in part, "The story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist. She based her story on conversations with a long standing contact who has strong connections with senior members of the Lebanese community in the UK and the Druze in Beirut."
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On Friday, Clooney penned another article for USA Today
, this time rejecting the apology, saying the details of the Mail story's development prove the editors "knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway."
He began, "There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse."
Clooney, who last year starred in the Academy Award winning "Gravity" alongside Sandra Bullock, took particular issue with managing editor Charles Garside's claim that the story was based on "conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community."
"The problem is that none of that is true," Clooney writes, rejecting the editor's explanation. "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."
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