Philip Seymour Hoffman

Is The Philip Seymour Hoffman Gay Lover Lawsuit Ethical?

BY OLIVER HERZFELD, FORBES IP COUNSEL, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 In its February 17, 2014 edition, the National Enquirer’s front page story claimed playwright David Bar Katz was Hoffman’s gay lover, that he had seen Hoffman freebase cocaine the night before Hoffman’s death, and that he had seen Hoffman use heroin on a number of other occasions. Bar Katz has denied all of the Enquirer’sassertions and responded with a defamation lawsuit seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and another $45 million in punitive damages.