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Hoffman friend gay lover: David Bar Katz blasts media on Hoffman coverage

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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A Hoffman friend was stunned by gay lover reports that surrounded the actor after his tragic death last month. Playwright David Bar Katz says that he was never in a romantic relationship with Philip Seymour Hoffman, his dear friend. On Feb. 26, KCCI reported that The National Enquirer "took out a full page ad" in the New York Times and sort of apologized for their "gay lover" story involving Katz and Hoffman.

"I always knew they made stuff up, but I never knew they made up even having an interview with someone that they never had, and then the degree of seeing how everyone picks it up and, as you just said, treats it like news," Katz said (via KCCI).

Hoffman's friend (not his gay lover) felt that the media got a lot of things wrong about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Apparently Katz didn't see Hoffman as being on some self-destructive path. He said that the media got it wrong when it came to Hoffman and that many things were blown out of proportion after his death.

"I can just say that I think a lot of it has been totally overblown. It gives a false picture of him because he was focused, he was working, he was focused on his family, he was not a partyer, he was not someone that was in a spiral, he was not self-destructive in any way," Katz explained.

Hoffman's friend was upset by the gay lover story and overall by the way that his friend was portrayed by the media. Katz says that he hopes his friend would be pleased that he's trying to set the record straight.

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