Saturday, February 8, 2014

Playwright Suing Tabloid Over Philip Seymour Hoffman Gay Claims


David Bar Katz is suing The National Enquirer for claiming he was in a gay relationship with tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The playwright pal who found Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body after his apparent fatal drug overdose filed a $50 million libel suit Wednesday over a National Enquirer report that claims the men were secretly gay lovers.
Court papers filed on behalf of David Bar Katz call the article “one of the most reprehensible examples of yellow journalism by the National Enquirer” and says “the generally unseemly coverage of Hoffman’s death now seems restrained in light of this new outrage.”
According to the weekly’s Feb. 17 edition, Katz told the Enquirer that he and Hoffman were “homosexual lovers” and that he saw Hoffman smoke freebase cocaine Saturday night, shortly before his body was discovered Sunday on a bathroom floor in his $9,800-a-month Greenwich Village apartment, with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm.
The Enquirer article also claims that Katz said he had “partied with Hoffman a number of times and had seen him do heroin ‘but I never thought his addiction had reached that level.’”
According to the Manhattan Supreme Court filing, submitted in boldface type:
“THE STORY IS A COMPLETE FABRICATION: THERE WAS NO INTERVIEW. BAR KATZ HAS NEVER SPOKEN TO ANYONE AT THE ENQUIRER ABOUT HOFFMAN. BAR KATZ AND HOFFMAN WERE NEVER LOVERS. BAR KATZ DID NOT SEE HOFFMAN FREEBASING COCAINE THE NIGHT BEFORE HE DIED, OR AT ANY OTHER TIME. BAR KATZ NEFVER SAW HOFFMAN USE HEROIN OR COCAINE.”
Katz’s lawyer, Judd Burstein, blasted the report as “a stomach-turning, egregious use of a tragedy to make a quick buck.”
“David and his family were very close to Phil and his family, and everybody is in the deepest of mourning,” Burstein said.
“One can only imagine David’s horror of having to discover his friend — and then to have been victimized by these pseudo-journalists.”
The suit targets the Enquirer’s Manhattan-based parent company, privately held American Media Inc. Neither American Media nor the Enquirer immediately returned requests for comment.
Jacked from Page Six  

4 comments:

Niyabinghi Warrior said...

If the enquirer is lying then a lawsuit is in order, because that was some tacky ass mess to come out right after he killed himself. I saw a picture of his children at the wake, and those poor kids were devastated by the loss of their father, what a waste smh.

WTF??!!!!!! said...

People say a lot of shit about the enquirer due to a lawsuit filed by carol burnett many years ago and the article was true, she just didn't like the way they portrayed her and won. But the enquirer does not post anything unless they know for a fact their source is legit. HE DID IT FOR MONEY and now trying to back peddle. the truth will come out and he'll look stupid.

Anonymous said...

If the interview never occurred, how will he look stupid? Did Carol Burnett deny even speaking to them?

Sunni Daze said...

I recently saw them in an interview together and he had the romantic stare in his eyes. I'm not going to discredit the Enquire. Over the years they have told us thing that celebs denied only yo find out they were true (i.e. Tiger Woods) they broke that first and he only fessed up after his wife put hands on him.

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