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Clooney rejects Daily Mail apology for marriage story

British tabloid was "lying" either in its original report about his fiance's mother's objections to his marriage or in its retraction, says Hollywood star.

George Clooney has hit out at a “completely fabricated” story on his upcoming marriage by the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters / August 28, 2013
George Clooney has hit out at a “completely fabricated” story on his upcoming marriage by the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters / August 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES // The Hollywood star George Clooney on Friday rejected an apology from Britain’s Daily Mail over a story claiming his fiancee’s mother opposes the couple’s upcoming marriage, accusing the tabloid of cover-up.

The paper reported earlier this week that the US actor’s soon-to-be Lebanese mother-in-law had been telling “half of Beirut” that she opposes the union between the heartthrob and her daughter, Amal Alamuddin, due to her supposed Druze faith.

The Daily Mail removed the piece from its widely read website and apologised following an initial protest by Clooney, who said it got many key facts wrong.

The publication however maintained that its story was “not a fabrication, but supplied in good faith” by a reputable journalist.

A clearly incensed Clooney is not letting the matter go, issuing a second opinion piece in as many days in the USA Today newspaper.

“There is one constant when a person or company is caught doing something wrong. The coverup is always worse,” Clooney wrote on Friday.

“In the apology, managing editor Charles Garside claims that the article was ‘not a fabrication’, but ‘based the story on conversations with senior members of the Lebanese community’,” he said.

“The problem is that none of that is true ... So either they were lying originally, or they’re lying now.”

Word that Ms Alamuddin, a Beirut-based London lawyer, had stolen the heart of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated bachelors caused an international media frenzy in April.

No details have been released on when the couple will wed.

* Agence France-Presse