Philip Seymour Hoffman Friend Hits Mag With $50M Libel Suit

Law360, New York (February 7, 2014, 2:39 PM EST) -- A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman hit American Media Inc. with a $50 million libel suit Wednesday claiming the publisher's National Enquirer magazine fabricated a story that quoted him as saying he and Hoffman were lovers and that the deceased actor was freebasing cocaine the night before he was found dead.

Screenwriter David Bar Katz is seeking $5 million in personal damages and $45 million in punitive damages over the story in the Feb. 17 dated edition of the supermarket tabloid. 

"The media coverage of Hoffman's...
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