The Oscar-winning actor said the apology showed that the Mail
knew the online story about Alamuddin's mother preferring her
daughter to marry within the family's Druze religion was a lie
when it published it on Monday.
"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," Clooney, 53, said in
a statement published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday.
"So I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever
accept it ...," he added.
The Mail Online story, which was not published in the print
edition, said Alamuddin could be cast out of the Druze community
because she would not be wed in a Druze wedding. It added that
women have been murdered for not abiding by the Druze religious
Clooney rarely comments about his personal life but he took
issue with the Mail Online report for "insinuating religious
tensions where there are none."
The Mail Online removed the story from its website earlier this
week after Clooney said it was fabricated. It apologized for any
distress it had caused and added that the report was from a
trusted freelance journalist and based on contacts in Lebanon
Clooney said the Mail knew the story was a lie and cited another
report it had published in April that said Alamuddin's father
had married outside the Druze faith and that her mother was not
"The Mail knew the story in question was false and printed it
anyway," said Clooney, who won an Oscar for best supporting
actor in 2006 for "Syriana" and shared the best picture award in
2013 for "Argo."
There was no immediate response from the Mail Online about the
actor's latest comments.
Clooney has been dating Alamuddin, 36, since October, according
to media reports. News of their engagement was confirmed in
April when Alamuddin's legal practice in London issued a
statement congratulating the couple.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Mary Milliken and
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