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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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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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barbaraln12 February 26 2014 at 12:08 PM

A great resolution. People that knew PSH very well came to love and respect him deeply. David Bar Katz spent his energy to dispel lies about his friend--a fitting, living, long-lasting memorial.

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dhr62 February 26 2014 at 12:32 PM

Good for Mr. Katz!!! And how nice it is that he is using their money to start the foundation!!!

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rc4lifts February 26 2014 at 11:49 AM

A great man taken by a thief int the night...help your friends avoid drugs...his offered an obviously weak man a drink and as a result he died from it.

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Shawn rc4lifts February 26 2014 at 12:00 PM

yup ...the drink killed him, not the heroin

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splintercottage February 26 2014 at 12:37 PM

What was the suit about?

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Animated GIF Man splintercottage February 26 2014 at 12:51 PM

The National Enquirer ever the 'guardian of truth' (not!) completely fabricated an interview with PSH's friend supposedly 'confirming' the details surrounding his death and all but asserting that PSH and the plaintiff were long-time 'homosexual lovers'. It was definitely one of their more despicable lies in an effort to sell magazines.

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toddpugz splintercottage February 26 2014 at 2:36 PM

Trying to polish the image of a dead junkie. It happens every time one of the liberal Hollyweird crew offs themselves.

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cfnullabor February 26 2014 at 12:42 PM

Wonderful testimony. Taking a sad song and making it better

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myrnapost February 26 2014 at 12:53 PM

I am happy that he won the suit...These papers are horrible
and they write things that are untrue and can hurt
families and inviduals around the world.
myrnapost@aol.com

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toddpugz myrnapost February 26 2014 at 2:34 PM

being a junkie hurts WAY more families and "inviduals".

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dungal1 February 26 2014 at 10:19 AM

Many heroin addicts need to get intoxicated before they use the drug. What some addicts don't know is it's a lethal combination. I believe that is what happened to him. I don't believe he wanted to die.

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simon645 dungal1 February 26 2014 at 11:31 AM

I agree. All those fools who support the legalization of Marijuana might want to consider your words.

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Judith simon645 February 26 2014 at 11:43 AM

For those addicted to alcohol, it's as deadly as heroin but it just takes longer to kill than a heroin overdose. However, a marijuana does not kill unless laced with a deadly drug and it is that drug that can kill - which is one really good reason to legalize and regulate marijuana. Furthermore, it is not a gateway drug despite rumors to the contrary. The true gateway drug is prescription pain-killers.

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MzMishMish simon645 February 26 2014 at 1:38 PM

Dunga was referring to the worst gateway drug of all, Simon: Alcohol. Not pot.
Quote: "I don't understand why weed is still considered criminal. When I smoke it, the only thing I'm a threat to is ... cake." -- Dave Chappelle
I can produce numerous articles, both medical and personal testimony, that prove uncategorically that marijuana has literally saved lives. Can you produce the same amount as mine, stating the same about alcohol? No? Didn't think so. Oh and I don't condone smoking it; it's a far healthier practice to consume it via food. Let's tone down the word-twisting, shall we Simon? You wouldn't like a "bait-and-switch" trick any more than anyone else does(n't) :)

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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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blueeyessing February 26 2014 at 9:35 AM

"by creating a playwriting foundation to be initially funded by the tabloid."

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Well that is nice. :o)

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