Thursday, February 06, 2014

Fastest Lawsuit In Gossip History

You know those times when a celebrity is outraged by some gossip that is printed about them and starts talking about imminent legal action to give you the impression there might be something wrong about the story but then the celebrity never sues? That wasn't the case with David Bar Katz. Mr. Katz was the person who, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman's assistant discovered Hoffman's body. Yesterday The Enquirer had a huge announcement they made and trumpeted on all their corporate brethren's websites about how they interviews Katz and he told them he was Hoffman's gay lover and also that the night before Hoffman's death Katz had watched Hoffman freebase coke.

About four hours elapsed between the Enquirer announcement and them getting sued by Katz. It took another hour or two before every trace of the story was wiped from the corporate websites. As of this morning, some of the American Media sites had the headline but the link doesn't work. In the complaint Katz says he never spoke to any of the reporters who wrote the story. He never gave an interview to anyone about Hoffman and never saw Hoffman use any drugs and was not Hoffman's gay lover. He is suing for $50M. Here is the big kicker. He is not a public person so, if he is telling the truth, The Enquirer and American Media are going to have to pay a lot of money. Lots. Like wheelbarrows filled with cash kind of money. Even if he was a public figure, if his allegations were true they would probably lose in this case, but wouldn't have to pay much money at all.

50 comments:

TalksTooMuch said...

And now you've reprinted it. Asshole

FSP said...

What does Gerard Butler have to do with this?

__-__=__ said...

I hope he collects every cent. Those poor kids. 10 is old enough to read online stories. What harsh life lessons to learn at such a young age. Saw the arrested folks on TV at their night court appearance. Pretty sure the musician knows he will be in jail a looooong time. Glad they're off the street.

TalksTooMuch said...

I thought the same thing!

audrey said...

^^for every one dealer they jail, 10 more come out of the woodwork. The war against drugs is a losing battle.

Renoblondee said...

I had already read about this last night.

__-__=__ said...

Which is why I think everything should be legalized.

aemish said...

Can you imagine a close friend dying and now having to deal with this? I hope he wins his case.

Nose4News said...

This should make YOU nervous Enty, lol. I'm waiting for the day you push the envelope too far and slander the wrong person.. Mmmhmm, you know what I'm talking about.

libby said...

This was all the way 'round the internet and gone before I could find a link. Glad he got it scrubbed fast, but I still heard it.

Let's listen to PSH himself on these matters

stick it in said...

Jesus fucking christ, Libby. Can you for just one day stfu?

Violet said...

Yeah this story was on the front page of the Daily Mail website within seconds. Everybody read it. Even die hard left wingers check out the DM website regularly.
This guy deserves every last penny if it's not true. He was being torn to shreds everywhere yesterday.

libby said...

For you, stick it? NEVER. xox

surfer said...

*I'm subscribing*

portlandgirl said...

@stick it in
What is YOUR problem??

stick it in said...

Piss off with ya bad self, portlandgirl. Wasn't talking to you.

a non a miss said...

Ahahaha that ruled

libby said...

The best part about it is I've been away, I lurk. Commenting for two days straight after a period of lurking is my crime.

stick it in said...

It's not a crime, you silly little woman, just a major annoyance. Have you moved to Vermont yet? Is your boyfriend setting up a chore list for you right now? Are you back working in a restaurant?
I know way too much about your life based simply on comments from CDAN. And it is not a very compelling life.

libby said...

I feel sorry for you.
Most people have un-compelling lives. That's why we read & comment about the extraordinary ones here on CDAN.

I'm not going to argue you into liking me, I don't care. You're just a bully, stick it in, and bullies are the REAL sad characters in this world. Especially anonymous internet bullies. Pathetic.

auntliddy said...

Good morning, madame pit!!!!!

Tillie said...

Really??? There are people on this board that post all day every day and you're going to tell someone that posts infrequently to stfu? Why don't you say that to the middle school kids who post ALL DAY?

auntliddy said...

I wouldnt want to deal with this unfounded crap after my friend died either. Good for him fighting back.

libby said...

Hi, auntie liddy!

Tillie----I used to post every day with other old regulars. We had many off-topic convos here over the years, but I'm not ashamed of my life.
Funny, because at least I have the balls to post under my own name for years, unlike someone who's clearly been here as long, but changes up their name for sneak attacks.

di butler said...

I miss reading comments, Libby.

AKM said...

CDaN is always better when you pop over, Libby! Mwah!

libby said...

me too, di. Which is why I've been away lurking. I'm subscribing to this thread now because my BF's awake, and I've got some heavy chores to do.** I'd hate to miss any hellos from fellow oldsters!

**(JUST KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE, stick it.)

libby said...

Thanks, AKM!

Derek Harvey said...

is free basing coke ---smoking crack? why don't they just say "smoking crack"

Tillie said...

Libby, I have been reading this site for many years and I remember that you used to post. I'm glad you're posting again!

portlandgirl said...

I have lurked a long time & I stay for the comments mostly.

Not so much lately.

Senor Salty said...

Of course PSH was gay, no one is surprised by that. Some friend, watching him freebase. David Katz is an a$$hole. PSH is a selfish a$$hole I feel for his kids and girlfriend. He shouldn't celebrated. I have no patience or sympathy for self destruction. He's a loser.

Meli said...

Hey Libby!
I'm a long time lurker, sporadic commentator, and I must say it makes me glad to see your familiar pit around ;)

NomNom83 said...

Well, that escalated quickly.

(Picture Ron Burgandy gif right about here)

Michael said...

Let me get this straight. PSH's "best friend" never saw him do drugs despite the fact that PSH had gone to rehab, was kicked out by his girlfriend for bringing drugs into their home and was found dead with 70 bags of heroin? Bull! If he lied about that, I might have to think NE was telling the truth.

Emily Yeah said...

Agreed. He and PSH family don't this crap at this time. There's a real shitty moral judgement to do this to them and on that principle I hope he gets enough that it hurts them

ureallyannoyme said...

How did the Enquirer think they'd get away with saying they'd interviewed him directly?

feraltart said...

Hi Libby!
Fuck off losers!
The friend may not have been into drugs & PSH knew that & didn't do them around him. My friends know not to do them around me.

Jacq said...

Haha, you're on a roll today FSP

Jacq said...

Radar kept it at the top of their site for the first part of the day. I didn't read it, because I thought it was just was it is - a gross exploitation. I guess he could argue that he IS a public figure, but this is the only thing is recognize him for now. I guess that's equally damaging.

LowKey said...

Hi Libby! Always good to see ya!

mooshki said...

Hi Libby! Long time no speak! It's always nice to see you and your gorgeous pit. :D

mooshki said...

(But LowKey wins Best Icon for the thread. Ah, Hiddleston, you sexy beast, you.)

lutefisk said...

Hi Libby, Hi Mooshki. Nice to see both of you here again.

mooshki said...

It's reunion time at the Old Folks' Home.

lutefisk said...

I have my party hat on and I am tossing confetti.

Aoife said...

The Enquirer hasn't done anything like this in a very long time and frankly I'm surprised. I agree that they're going to have to pay out a sh*t ton of money.

Steampunk Jazz said...

Hey Libby, too bad you can't shave a smile into your pit, then your stalker might feel the love...lol.
Whether on the fringe or in the fray, its good to see ya :-D

Wing-Ding Weisenheimer said...

libby! mooshki! lutefisk!

Lola said...

I sometime wish we could "like" comments bc this one deserves a like!