Tabloid Editors Issue Apology To Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Friend

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February 26, 2014 | 3:56am EST

Editors of National Enquirer have reached a settlement with Philip Seymour Hoffmans playwright friend David Bar Katz after he sued the publishers for suggesting he was romantically involved with the late actor.
Bar Katz, the man who discovered Hoffman’s body at his New York home earlier this month, filed a libel lawsuit against the tabloid over the false story, but now the two sides have reached a settlement.
The playwright’s lawyer Judd Burstein has confirmed the National Enquirer’s editors characterised their error as an “honest mistake.”
As part of the settlement, a full-page apology will run in the New York Times on Wednesday, while bosses at the Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Incorporated, will also fund the creation of a foundation to give financial assistance to aspiring playwrights.
Bar Katz filed papers to formally dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday.
Hoffman was found dead at his New York City home on 2 February following a suspected drug overdose.