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Hoffman's friend creates playwriting foundation

Philip Seymour Hoffman
NEW YORK (AP) - A close friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman has settled a libel lawsuit against The National Enquirer by creating a playwriting foundation to be initially funded by the tabloid.

In a one-page ad Wednesday in The New York Times, The Enquirer said it "responsibly acknowledged its error" for a story that purported to be an exclusive interview with David Bar Katz. The Enquirer also apologized to Katz, a playwright who discovered Hoffman's body.

The actor died of an apparent heroin overdose Feb. 2.

The Times (http://nyti.ms/1frmpjz ) reported on the settlement and said the ad was part of the agreement.

The American Playwriting Foundation will award $45,000 yearly for an unproduced play that embodies Hoffman's "passion for truth." Katz's lawyer told the Times the amount won't be disclosed.

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A7LAKTKOTA February 27 2014 at 2:10 AM

It's incredible that Katz stayed focused on being publicly vindicated (just as he was horribly maligned and libeled due to the irresponsibility of "The National Enquirer"), and that he created a beautiful opportunity for deserving artists in a way that will perpetually honor his friend's dedication to the craft of playwriting says so much on behalf of this gentleman's character.

Indeed, the fact that he:
--(1) had the strength and wherewithal to accomplish this within the same month as the offense (do most people realize how many state's venues of jurisprudence are clogged and slowed due to the sheer amounts of frivolous lawsuits filed every day in this country, rendering it truly difficult to provide its' citizenry with constitutionally-protected rights to a speedy trial? This in itself is nothing short of "amazing")
--(2) all while dealing with the horror of being the first to discover his friend's lifeless body ( a situation that could easily render even a seasoned coroner or lawperson into a sincere state of total shock, or even an inability to function without the care of a doctor or counselor of the mental health profession).

Altogether, that's quite an incredible accomplishment in a short amount of time, *despite* a staggering array of circumstances. Classy move, too.

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m.young38 February 26 2014 at 7:32 PM

Way to go Katz, thank you for proving you were a caring friend.

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Rod February 26 2014 at 5:00 PM

Thank you THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS SET US ALL FREE especially from all this CONservative BS that religious the freaks spew all over our great nation of denying us what the founders intention of the dangers of gov in bed with the private beliefs of it citizens called FREEDOM of separation of CHURCH & STATE - and I'm sure God's approve , it's in his teachings !

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capligian February 26 2014 at 5:22 PM

Rob, I'm a product of the 60's generation, and you sure sound like one of those pot smoking liberals I used to hang around with then. Thank God I grew up. I'd probably be just like you.

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capligian February 26 2014 at 4:52 PM

Give me a break Rob. I'm a consevative independant, not a liberal know it all. Its just a real
shame that a guy with such a talent did not know Jesus Christ. If he did , he would still be here.

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Rod February 26 2014 at 4:55 PM

CONservative & independent don't pass the SMELL or should I say the STENCH test - Narrow mindedness is a core value in their right-wing demishing agenda

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m.young38 February 26 2014 at 7:30 PM

and who died and left you in charge and if you have the religion you imply why would / how could you have the nerve to be so judgemental My bible tells me judge not lest ye be judged.

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Rob Gambelunghe February 26 2014 at 4:36 PM

If you care so little and think he was just a worthless junkie, why waste your time to read the article and waste more time responding to it? The haters are so obvious, and I bet youre all republicans too!

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mrusin1104 February 26 2014 at 4:01 PM

Wow, a lot of haters here. Yes, he had an addiction problem. I wonder how many of these haters have had a family member with an addiction problem, including alcohol. Is an addiction to alcohol any better because it is legal? It can still ruin lives, includign family members. Give the guy a break...he can still be recognized for his accomplishments!

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teeveequeen February 26 2014 at 3:40 PM

time to MOVE ON ... just another Hollywood junkie !!!

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llock4 February 26 2014 at 2:25 PM

Tired of hearing about this drug addict!

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Gloria February 26 2014 at 1:13 PM

He obviously had an addictive personality and must have had inner issues he was unable to sort out. This does not diminish the fact that he was a fabulous actor and gave of himself to the public in every character he portrayed. He was one of my favorite actors. No need to punish him; cutting his life short is enough.

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