George Clooney rejects apology from the Daily Mail in marriage row

Actor accused the newspaper of 'inventing' stories about partner

George Clooney has dismissed the Daily Mail’s offer of an apology over a row about a recent story they published about him and his partner, Amal Alamuddin.

As reported, Clooney wrote a piece responding to a story printed by the publication earlier this week in which it was claimed that Amal Alamuddin’s mother disapproves of her relationship with Clooney on religious reasons and wants her daughter to marry into the family’s Druze religion.

The original report, which has since been removed from the Mail’s website, stated that Amal risked being “cast out of the community” and “that several women have been murdered” for not abiding by strict Druze rules. Clooney responded by claiming that “none” of what was reported was true.

Since publishing his statement, the UK paper has offered an apology to the actor, which has been swiftly declined.

“The original story never cites [the] 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,” Clooney wrote in a second statement published today (July 11).

“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.”