David Bar Katz Sues National Enquirer for $50 Million Over Hoffman Story

In ALL CAPS, no less.

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On Wednesday morning, we told you about the National Enquirer cover story that claims that New York playwright David Bar Katz was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “gay lover.” And on Wednesday afternoon, Katz’s attorney filed a civil suit against the National Enquirer seeking a judgment of $50 million. That’s right: $50 million.

The suit calls the Enquirer article “one of the most reprehensible examples of yellow journalism” ever. It reads, in part:

…the Enquirer published a story that falsely claimed that Bar Katz had given an exclusive interview to the Enquirer in which he stated that he and Hoffman were gay lovers, that he had seen Hoffman freebase cocaine the night before Hoffman’s death, and that he had seen him use heroin on a number of occassions.




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 NEVER SAW HOFFMAN USE HEROIN OR COCAINE.

(Emphasis as written in the suit.)

Katz, seen in the above photo with Hoffman, found the actor dead on Sunday morning. The suit asks for at least $5 million in damages to Katz and another $45 million in punitive damages. Katz is the son of Harry Jay Katz, the Philadelphia man who found a woman dead in his hot tub in 1995.

Enquirer editor Tony Frost has not responded to a request for comment.

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  • https://twitter.com/DeadPrep Loralie

    Wowza, that is a lot of money and I hope he gets it all! Those bastards at National Enquirer should be out of a job soon.

  • Bruce D.

    I hope he gets it. I hate these magazines and the soulless people who work for them. Unfortunately, the only way to shut them up, is to just sue sue sue until they have to close up their hate filled offices and the people who are low enough to go with them.

  • sjquicksilver

    Well, they *would* make a cute couple if it were true. Hmmm, can’t wait to see how NE responds. Out of court settlement, I’m sure.

  • youRsleeze

    He should get it all, for the pain and anguish this is causing his family and the family of PSH, who was a lovely man. The Enquirer is appalling, and so are you for not changing the headline of the piece you ran before that is entirely, completely false or taking it down now. You are perpetuating the sleeze, and are almost as guilty as the Enquirer.