Some celebrity rumors are just so utterly obnoxious they don't deserve any additional press, which is pretty much how I felt about The National Enquirer's report about how Philip Seymour Hoffman was in a gay relationship with playwright David Bar Katz. The tabloid published the story all of three days after Hoffman died, which takes a completely fictitious rumor into a whole new territory of sleaziness. As Katz's attorney put it, "Here you have Phil's family and his friends grieving, and the Enquirer comes along seeking to make a buck through putrid lies. I do not know how these people can sleep at night."
Happily, the Enquirer has recanted their claims about Hoffman, and they even issued an apology via a full-page ad in The New York Times. What really turns this sordid tabloid tale into something worth talking about, though, is what else has happened as a result of their lawsuit settlement.