A certain particularly trashy tabloid magazine -- cough, National Enquirer, cough -- is in hot water for reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman's best friend and the person who found him deceased, David Bar Katz, was actually his gay lover. And taking things a step further, the National Enquirer claimed that they got an exclusive interview with Katz in which he said that he saw Hoffman "freebasing cocaine the night before he died." The mag claims that Hoffman fell off the wagon and began doing heroin because he was confused over his sexual identity.
When asked if he ever spoke to the National Enquirer, Katz said, "There was no interview." And now he's suing them. For $50 million.
Katz's attorney said it best when she stated, "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 out a press release hyping the story so that it could sell more copies of the magazine. I do not know how these people can sleep at night."
There's tabloid journalism that vapidly "reports" on Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus's latest hairstyles, and then there's this. This, right here, is as low as it gets. Hoffman had a girlfriend and three young children. If Hoffman was a homosexual, that's his and his family's business; not the National Enquirer's, or anybody else's. To completely fabricate an "exclusive interview" -- an interview that hints his death could have been stopped -- is mind-boggling. How do people like this sleep at night? Three young kids are without their father right now. A woman is mourning the loss of her partner. Haven't they endured enough?
I'm glad Katz isn't going to take this lying down. Let him sue 'em. And let him win. Fun celebrity gossip is one thing, but making up bold faced lies that truly hurt people is a completely different story.
And while we're at it, National Enquirer, when is Jennifer Aniston due? And when are Brad and Angelina getting divorced already? Just checking.
What do you think of these accusations?
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