National Enquirer funds playwriting foundation after false Philip Seymour Hoffman report

The New York Times

The National Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Incorporated, will fund a new group called the American Playwriting Foundation, "which will give out an annual prize of $45,000 for an unproduced play," Jim Dwyer reports.

The foundation was set up by David Bar Katz, who the Enquirer falsely reported was in a relationship with Hoffman. "As part of the agreement, The Enquirer has also purchased a full-page advertisement in the main news section of Wednesday’s New York Times," Dwyer writes. Katz and Hoffman were friends, and he found the actor's body earlier this year.

Katz at Hoffman's funeral on Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Enquirer quoted someone who claimed to be Katz, who sued. The Enquirer removed its story, but its essence appears to be archived on this site.

Neither the Enquirer nor Katz's lawyer told Dwyer the amount of the settlement, but it's "enough for the foundation to give out these grants for years to come,” Katz's lawyer said.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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