Playwright David Bar Katz, the man that found actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead, has revealed he was the actor’s gay lover.
Katz gave an interview about the death of his friend, who reportedly struggled with his sexual identity that caused him pain. UPDATE! Katz denies even giving interview. See more here!
We reported earlier today about an interview that Katz was said to have given to the National Enquirer, wondering why he would give personal details about his late friend. But, David Bar Katz said he didn’t give an interview and it was all made up!
Katz flatly denied the tabloid’s claim that he and Hoffman were lovers and he’s suing for $50 million.
“I never said that, no,” David Bar Katz said Wednesday as he left the apartment of Hoffman’s longtime girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell.
Katz’s lawyer said in the lawsuit, “There was no interview. 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 attorney for Katz, Judd Burstein found the article disgusting, stating, “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.”
Friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman claim the actor’s confusion over his sexual identity caused his relationship with Mimi O’Donnell to collapse. They also it was the reason the “Capote” star relapsed on drugs.
David Bar Katz dropped a bombshell, saying, “We were homosexual lovers. We had a relationship”.
Katz admitted he had witnessed Philip do heroin before, but “never thought his addiction had reached that level”.
The playwright said, “We were planning to go to the Super Bowl together and have a really nice day. This is so terrible”.
The day after Hoffman was found dead in his underwear with a needle sticking out of his left arm on his bathroom floor, Katz claimed to be shocked at the sight.
He said, “I saw him last week, and he was clean and sober, his old self. I really thought this chapter was over.”
Katz posted a photo of Philip on Facebook with the caption “He is so beautiful”.
Hoffman was very private about his personal life, but had been with Mimi O’Donnell for 14 years. They had three children together – Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5.
Hoffman met O’Donnell in 1999 on the set of the play, “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings”, where she was working as a costume designer.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body was found on Sunday by Katz, who had received a call from Mimi after Philip hadn’t picked up the children as planned.
Katz and the actor’s personal assistant, Isabella Wing-Davey, discovered Hoffman’s body in the bathroom of his apartment. Katz found the actor dressed in his shorts and t-shirt, with a hypodermic needle sticking out of his left arm. He was still wearing his glasses.
Police found evidence of Hoffman’s drug problem, which had obviously spiraled out of control. Investigators found up to 70 used and unopened bags of heroin around the apartment.
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