Posted: 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Something good has come of the sordid National Enquirer story that claimed the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and his best friend David Bar Katz were lovers.
Following the publication of the story — which also claimed that Bar Katz had witnessed Hoffman freebase cocaine — the writer sued the tabloid for libel to the tune of $50 million. The Enquirer later admitted it had been duped and the story was false.
Katz revealed on Tuesday he had formed the American Playwriting Foundation, which will give out an annual prize of $45,000 for an unproduced play.
The accolade will be called the Relentless Award in Hoffman’s honor.
The amount of money being paid by the Enquirer will not be disclosed, per Bar Katz’ attorney Judd Burstein. But he notes it’s “enough for the foundation to give out these grants for years to come.”
Burstein filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday. His attorney says Bar Katz did not receive or seek any personal payments.
Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose on February 2.