Writer Denies Claims He & Philip Seymour Hoffman Were Lovers, Sues 'National Enquirer' Over Alleged Fake Interview
A bizarre story from The National Enquirer that made headlines today in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has been refuted by the alleged source of the article, Hoffman's close friend David Bar Katz (pictured with Hoffman, above).
The National Enquirer claimed to have interviewed Bar Katz, who allegedly claimed to have been in a sexual relationship with Hoffman and also allegedly claimed to have seen Hoffman free-basing cocaine the night before his death.
We primarily thought the story was "bizarre" because even if it were true that Bar Katz and Hoffman were involved or had a sexual relationship, why would he run to that know bastion of truth The National Enquirer to share that news and Hoffman's alleged drug use mere days after his death?
Well, according to Bar Katz, the story isn't true and he didn't give an interview to The National Enquirer and now he's suing the tabloid for $50 million. ($5 million in damages and $45 million in punitive damages.)
From The New York Daily News:
"I never said that, no," David Bar Katz said Wednesday after leaving the West Village apartment of Hoffman's longtime girlfriend, Mimi O'Donnell.
Katz's denial was followed by a lawsuit that called the story "a complete fabrication.”