Actor George Clooney continues to slam Daily Mail, calling it “the worst kind of tabloid” and even Angelina Jolie is taking on the tabloid as well with an alleged lawsuit. Image: Reuters
George Clooney is not done with Daily Mail.
The British tabloid had printed an apology on Wednesday, after the 53-year-old actor wrote in USA Today, saying its story alleging that his future mother- in-law opposes his upcoming marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin was “completely fabricated”.
The Mail Online story posted on Monday had said Alamuddin’s Lebanese mother Baria was telling family in Beirut that she is not happy about the wedding for religious reasons and that her daughter could do better by marrying within the family’s Druze religion.
In another write-up for USA Today, which appeared yesterday, Clooney said the Mail’s managing editor Charles Garside had, in the apology, said the article was “not a fabrication”, but “based… on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community”.
He refuted that description of the source, saying the Mail’s story merely quoted “a family friend” speaking directly to the newspaper.
“So either they were lying originally or they’re lying now,” wrote the actor.
Clooney also said an earlier story in the Mail had said Baria was not a Druze.
He wrote: “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.”
He said he would never accept the Mail’s apology “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,” he concluded.
Good news for Clooney is that he’s not alone in his war against the Mail.
Also taking on the infamous British tabloid is Angelina Jolie, who is allegedly suing the Mail for breach of privacy after it posted a controversial video (orignially posted on the National Enquirer) of the actress’s darker days back in the 90’s titled “Angelina Jolie the heroin addict”.
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