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Journey’s Neal Schon and Fiancee, The Daily Mail: Tabloid Offers First-Ever Homepage Apology for False Story

Rick Diamond

The Daily Mail is sorry…so sorry.

The British tabloid posted an online apology to Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his fiancée Michaele Salahi, the former The Real Housewives of DC star who previously made headlines for crashing the White House with her ex-husband, on its homepage.

According to Journey, it’s the first time that the publication has posted an apology for false story online.

The text of the apology is as follows, and it was published yesterday, April 4. It relates to a story that the paper posted, indicating that Schon was a deadbat father who left his ex-wife Amber Schon and daughters broke and hungry. The source of the story was statements made by Schon’s former-mother-in-law Judy Kozan on her personal blog after her daughter Amber lost a court case, in which she requested more child support, The judge had noted that Schon met his financial obligations to his family. Schon filed suit against Kozan as well, since his reputation took a hit as a result of her blog.

“On 22 February we published an article about Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his fiancée Michaele Salahi, entitled ‘Exclusive: Journey guitarist Neal Schon left ex-wife and daughters “so broke they can’t buy food. but he gave Real Housewives of DC fiancée $1 MILLION ring.’ It claimed falsely that Mr. Schon was a deadbeat dad and repeated allegations that he had neglected his ex-wife and two young children, leaving them in such a precarious financial position that they have no money for food or bills and that their home would have to be sold. It also reported claims that Mr Schon was a ‘drunk and abusive man’ who had become ‘increasingly spiteful and vindictive’ using his money to bully his ex-wife and that his fiancée Michaele Salahi had turned him against his former wife. We accept that these allegations are untrue and apologise to Mr. Schon, Ms. Salahi and the family for any distress caused. We have agreed to pay Mr. Schon and Michaele damages and legal costs.”

From the sounds of it, the paper was threatened with a lawsuit if it did not take actions to rectify its words.

Schon’s publicist also stated: “With respect to the Daily Mail‘s apology and payment of damages, Neal and Michaele appreciate that these corrective actions have been taken, and will continue to ensure that journalistic integrity is maintained in regards to reports on their professional and personal lives.”

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