Screenwriter David Bar Katz — the close friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the person who found his lifeless body Sunday — is hitting back legally at the National Enquirer for printing a sensational “interview” with him that never happened.
The contents of the interview were explosive, claiming Katz told the Enquirer that he and Hoffman were gay lovers, that the actor’s drug problem had to do with his struggle with his sexual identity and that he’d seen him use drugs on numerous occasions.
Katz’s lawyer filed suit late Wednesday against America Media Inc, the owner of the National Enquirer.
In papers obtained by RumorFix he says the “case involves one of the most reprehensible examples of yellow journalism” and that “the media coverage of Hoffman’s death has been highly regrettable and insensitive to Hoffman’s family and friends. But the generally unseemly coverage of Hoffman’s death now seems restrained in light of this new outrage by the Enquirer.”
It also states in bold capital letters “THIS 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 NEVER SAW HOFFMAN USE HEROIN OR COCAINE.”
Bar Katz is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $45 million in punitive damages.