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Playwright David Bar Katz denies he was the gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Screenwriter David Bar Katz has denied a report by the National Enquirer that he was the gay lover of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. As the New York Daily News reports on Feb. 5, Katz is so upset at the report that he is suing the supermarket tabloid for $50 million.

Katz, a friend of Hoffman, was the person who found the Oscar-winning actor dead in his apartment after an apparent drug overdose. In a death that continues to shock Hollywood and fans, it should be time to allow the actor to rest in peace, which is a reason why Katz is outraged over the report by the National Enquirer that he has labeled as “libelous”.

In the report by The National Enquirer, the playwright is quoted as saying that he was in a gay relationship with Hoffman.

“We were homosexual lovers. We were in a relationship.”

Katz denied ever saying that as well as other details of their relationship. According to his lawyer, Judd Burstin said, “there was no interview.” He also called the report “disgusting.”

“Here you have Phil’s family and his friends grieving, and the Enquirer comes along seeking to make a buck through putrid lies. Worse still, it appears that the Enquirer sent a press release hyping the story so that is could sell more copies of the magazine. I do not know how these people can sleep at night.”

The report also claims that Katz saw Hoffman shoot up heroin over confusion about his sexuality. David Bar Katz said the entire story is 100% false and $45 million of the $50 million lawsuit is for punitive damages.

Ironically Phillip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar playing a gay role. He played gay writer Truman Capote in the 2005 movie “Capote”. Katz maintains that the two were close “like brothers” and nothing more.

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