Philip Seymour Hoffman Friend Sues National Enquirer for $50 Million Over Gay Lovers Claim

Philip Seymour Hoffman Friend Sues National Enquirer for $50 Million Over Gay Lovers Claim

Playwright who found Hoffman's body also denies seeing Hoffman use drugs

Playwright David Bar Katz, a friend of deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, has filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer, over a claim that Bar Katz and Hoffman were gay lovers.

The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court on Wednesday, vehemently denies the claims that Bar Katz and the “Capote” actor were sexually involved, or that he had witnessed Hoffman using drugs.

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“The story is a complete fabrication: There was no interview,” the lawsuit reads. “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 never saw Hoffman use heroin or cocaine.”

Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose at age 46. The actor had sought treatment for drug abuse last year.

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“The History of Invulnerability” writer Bar Katz, who discovered Hoffman's body, is seeking $50 million in the lawsuit, which lists National Enquirer owner American Media as defendant.

“The article is just disgusting. Here you have Phil's family and his friends grieving, and the Enquirer comes along seeking to make a buck through putrid lies,” Bar Katz's attorney, Judd Burstein, told TheWrap in a statement. “Worse still, it appears that the Enquirer sent out a press release hyping the story so that it could sell more copies of the magazine. I do not know how these people can sleep at night.”

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National Enquirer had no comment for TheWrap on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit concerns a story in the Feb. 17 edition of the National Enquirer, claiming that the tabloid had conducted an exclusive interview with Bar Katz, in which he supposedly said that he and Hoffman were gay lovers, and that he had seen the actor freebase cocaine on the night before his death, as well as use heroin on a number of occasions.

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The complaint calls the Enquirer's story “one of the most reprehensible examples of yellow journalism.”

Bar Katz is seeking compensatory damages of no less than $5 million, and punitive damages of no less than $45 million.

  • nimportequoi

    It's slander until proven guilty.

  • reg b

    Another stupid lawsuit. Once they prove in court Hoffman had open gay lifestyle there is no lawsuit. He only filed his lawsuit to write a book about hoffman

    • Kent Landis Hartman

      Bar will look awfully bad then declaring they did have an affair after saying they didn't when he writes the book. I do believe there is truth to this story however.

      • Veronika F

        Also sad that they always talk when the alleged person is dead not when they are alive so they can defend themselves. Also I didn't know the ATM gives out that much in cash. Things that make you go..hummh?

    • Andrea

      The won't prove Mr. Hoffman was gay, because he WASN'T. He and his girlfriend of 14 years had 3 children together. Just because he was a phenomenally gifted actor who could play gay characters, doesn't mean he was gay.

  • David

    I never read that garbage magazine. Its way too trashy.

  • Marcus Duvall

    And they were printing lies claiming Paul Walker and Vin Diesel hating each other right after Walker died.