Cary O’Neal, who goes by the YouTube and Facebook handle of “Mr. Malibu,” now admits he was wrong.
Contrary to his previous video reports “Pepperdine Recklessly Dumps Sewage on Malibu Beach” and “Luxury Beach Homes of Adam Sandler, Tom Hanks, David Duchovny and Pink Under Siege,” Pepperdine University was not the source of contaminated storm water runoff into Marie Canyon. The school filed an April 11 libel suit against O’Neal, which – according to the Malibu Surfside News – it has now agreed to drop in exchange for a public retraction. The paper reprinted the apology, received via email from O’Neal:
Please consider this letter a retraction of my statements. I acknowledge that these statements were inaccurate. Pepperdine does not operate the Malibu Mesa Water Reclamation Facility and does not discharge sewage or sewage effluent into Marie Canyon or any other location. Instead, Malibu Mesa is operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
I have been advised, and believe, that the county did not discharge sewage or sewage effluent from Malibu Mesa onto a Malibu beach on March 25, 2012. I have apologized to Pepperdine for any harm caused by my statements and I am grateful that Pepperdine has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it filed against me.
Perhaps the 56-year-old beach-combing reporter should stick to interviewing local celebrities.