George Clooney isn’t even close to being ready to make amends with the Daily Mail. In a second op-ed piece, the actor has taken aim at the media outlet’s suspicious ways.
“There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse,” the star, who is engaged to marry Amal Alamuddin, wrote after managing editor Charles Garside tried to apologize for a recent article that alleged the bride-to-be’s mother disapproved of their union for religious reasons.
Clooney continued in a post for USA Today, “In this case, the Daily Mail has printed an apology for insinuating religious tensions where there are none.”
Noting that Garside claims the original post was “not a fabrication” but was “based… on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community,” the opinionated star vented, “the problem is that 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,” Clooney went on to write. “A ‘family friend’ was the source. So either they were lying originally or they’re lying now.”
“Furthermore, they knew ahead of time that they were lying,” the former flame of mom-to-be Stacy Keibler added. “In an article dated April 28, 2014, reporter Richard Spillett writes in the Mail that ‘Ramzi, (Amal’s father), married outside the Druze faith,’ and a family friend said that ‘Baria, (Amal’s mom), is not Druze.’ The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway.”
Clooney previously half-heartedly thanked the publication for their apology, although he quickly added he would never accept it because “they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid.”