National Enquirer admits it blew it in fake Hoffman lover report
Bar Katz said he didn't know why the Enquirer did it. He sued the tabloid that reached an agreement to apologize and set up a fund for playwrights who hadn't been published in honor of Hoffman, who died of an accidental heroin overdose on Feb. 2. The fund will provide $45,000 a year for an unproduced playwright's work reflecting Hoffman's passion for truth.
The Enquirer, and its American Media Inc. owner, had to take out a full-page New York Times advertisement saying the tabloid had made the error with good faith. The Enquirer blames someone who lied about the situation while convincingly impersonating Bar Katz.
The playwright said he believed the Enquirer's account of the situation, but was amazed the tabloid didn't check sources more closely and that other media members relayed the false report. His lawyer said the Enquirer had made an honest mistake following the settlement that was reached Feb. 26.