National Enquirer Settles Lawsuit Over Fake Interview w/ Man They Alleged Was Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lover
Playwright David Bar Katz has settled his lawsuit filed against The National Enquirer following a fake interview the tabloid published in which Bar Katz allegedly claimed to be in a sexual relationship with Philip Seymour Hoffman and claimed to have witnessed Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before his death.
Bar Katz never gave an interview or statement to The National Enquirer and he filed a libel suit on the day of the story's publication.
According to The New York Times:
Within two days, The Enquirer had withdrawn the article and apologized.
And on Tuesday, less than three weeks after the article was published, Mr. Katz said he had formed the American Playwriting Foundation, which will give out an annual prize of $45,000 for an unproduced play. In honor of Mr. Hoffman’s dogged pursuit of artistic truth, it will be called the Relentless Award.
The foundation and the prize are being paid for by The Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Incorporated, under a settlement of the lawsuit, said Judd Burstein, the lawyer for Mr. Katz. As part of the agreement, The Enquirer has also bought a full-page advertisement in the main news section of The New York Times on Wednesday. In it, The Enquirer says it was duped by a person claiming to be the same Mr. Katz. Mr. Burstein provided the text of the ad.
The amount of money being paid by The Enquirer will not be disclosed, Mr. Burstein said, adding, “It’s enough for the foundation to give out these grants for years to come.” On Tuesday, he formally filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit.
It's great to see something positive come out of something so negative. We hope many will benefit from the fellowship award created in Hoffman's honor (and funded by The Enquirer) and its quite magnanimous of Bar Katz to take no financial reward for himself.
What do you think, Instincters?
(H/T: Greg In Hollywood)