July 11th, 2014
03:24 PM ET
The Daily Mail has apologized to George Clooney for an erroneous article about the actor's engagement, but Clooney isn't satisfied.
The star, who got his apology and the removal of the Mail article with the power of one scathing statement, has written a reply to that apology in which he bluntly tells the U.K. paper that he doesn't accept it.
"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," Clooney writes in an opinion piece for USA Today. "One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them."
This standoff started with a Mail article that claimed the mother of Clooney's fiancee opposes their eventual marriage "for religious reasons." In a lengthy reply, Clooney called the story "completely fabricated," leading to the removal of the article from the Mail's site and the managing editor to "apologise to him, (his fiancee) Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused."
Yet since the Mail also snuck in a line about how their story wasn't fabricated, but rather "supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist," Clooney still has a bone to pick.
"The problem is that none of that is true," Clooney writes in USA Today. "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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