Yesterday, the Internet and I ran wild with a story that Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover. And while the source was the always questionable National Enquirer, they were touting an actual interview with directly attributed quotes to Hoffman’s longtime business partner David Bar Katz (above) who was the one coming forward claiming to be said lover. So for this whole thing to not be true, the Enquirer would’ve had to do something spectacularly retarded, even by Enquirer standards, by running a fake interview which would undoubtedly get their dicks sued off, if not run them right out of business. Long story short, they’re getting their dicks sued off, if not run right out of business. THR reports:
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend, playwright David Bar Katz, filed a $50 million lawsuit against the National Enquirer publisher America Media Inc. on Wednesday after the publication reported he said that he and the late actor were gay lovers.
In a complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court, Bar Katz claims the story is a lie. “The story is a complete fabrication: There was no interview,” it states. “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.”
The National Enquirer is well-accustomed to defamation lawsuits from celebrities. In such cases, the plaintiffs are typically deemed as public figures who must demonstrate actual malice in reporting falsehoods. In this instance, Bar Katz is arguably a limited purpose public figure for his connection to Hoffman, but the lawsuit disputes that. “Bar Katz is not a public figure for defamation purposes,” says the complaint. “Even if Bar Katz is a public figure, the Enquirer had actual knowledge that the Statements were false, or acted with reckless disregard for the truth.”
As for whether this incident will teach me a lesson about repeating fantastical claims just for clicks, do you see these smooth, pantsless legs? Nothing will ever change that. NOTHING!! *spittle, froth, questionable snort*