NEW YORK, NY – David Bar Katz is setting the record — and reputation of his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman — straight. He says the two were not gay lovers.
After the National Enquirer filed a false story claiming that Katz had come forward as Hoffman’s secret squeeze, Katz filed a lawsuit. The case ended up settling for an undisclosed amount. Katz says he’s putting the money toward creating of a playwriting foundation. But he’s on another mission as too — to clean-up his late friend’s rep.
“He was not a partier, he was not someone who was in a spiral. He was not self-destructive in any way,” says Katz of Hoffman.
Katz found Hoffman dead, apparently from a heroin overdose. He says his friend was clean for some two decades, and spent most of his adult life completely sober.