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.