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Actor George Clooney has refused to accept a Daily Mail apology over a false report regarding his forthcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin.
The Daily Mail had claimed that Alamuddin's mother Baria disapproved of the marriage and wanted her daughter to marry within the Druze religion. In response Clooney vehemently denied the claims, and chastised the Mail's use of religion in the report.
"The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous," he said, later adding: "When they put my family and my friends in harm's way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence."
This provoked an unprecedented apology from the newspaper, but Clooney has publically refused it in another piece published on USA today.
"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,'" writes Clooney.
"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. A 'family friend' was the source. So either they were lying originally or they're lying now."
He also points out that in a story published earlier this year the Mail had written that Baria Alamuddin was not of the Druze faith, which the latest story had claimed.
"The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it anyway," he adds.
"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. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them."
Excuse me, I think I'm in love.