…and here is the icing on the cake.
David Bar Katz has made the sensational claim in an interview with The National Enquirer that he was involved in a gay relationship with Philip Seymour Hoffman
- The screenwriter and father-of-four claims that he was in love with the Oscar winner
- Confirmed Hoffman’s descent into addiction and claimed to have seen the star freebasing cocaine the night before he died on Sunday
- Another family source claimed that Hoffman was confused over whether he wanted his family life or heroin
- Hoffman split from partner Mimi O’Donnell before Christmas and left their $4.4 million family home in Manhattan
- The couple had three children and were together for 14 years
- Friends reportedly claim the confusion over his sexuality and his drug use destroyed his relationship with Mimi
By James Nye
Tragic Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was involved in a gay affair with the man who discovered his body according to an explosive new interview.
Playwright David Bar Katz has spoken to the National Enquirer to allege that the troubled actor was his lover and that he saw him freebasing cocaine the night before he died in his West Village drugs den.
Friends allege that the Capote star’s confusion over his sexual identity caused his relationship with the mother of his three children, Mimi O’Donnell to collapse and fueled his destructive spiral into drug addiction.
Friends: Philip Seymour Hoffman with David Bar Katz who has claimed he was involved in a gay relationship with the Oscar winner. The two are pictured here in 2008 at New York’s Terminal 5 for a gala benefit for the musical, We Will Rock You with another friend (right) George Liberatto
‘We were homosexual lovers. We had a relationship,’ said David Bar Katz to the National Enquirer on Wednesday.
Katz claimed that he had seen the drug addled actor take heroin on a number of occasions, ‘but I never thought his addiction had reached that level,’ claimed Katz.
‘We were planning to go to the Super Bowl together and have a really nice day. This is so terrible.’
On Monday, one day after Hoffman was found in his underwear with a needle sticking out of his left arm on his bathroom floor, Katz claimed to be shocked at the circumstances.
‘I saw him last week, and he was clean and sober, his old self,’ said David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman along with the actor’s personal assistant, Isabella Wing-Davey and called 911.
Adoring: This image from the Facebook profile of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s alleged gay lover David Bar Katz was posted yesterday with the caption ‘He is so beautiful’ above a picture of the actor he is now using as his cover picture. On Wednesday, Katz claimed in an interview with the National Enquirer he was involved in a love affair with the Oscar winning actor
Tragic death: Philip Seymour Hoffman with his partner of 14-years and the mother of his three children Mimi O’Donnell as they walked around the streets of Manhattan in 2011 and a grieving Mimi (left of picture) arrives at an Upper East Side funeral parlor to plan Hoffman’s wake and memorial with the actor’s assistant Isabella Wing-Dave
‘I really thought this chapter was over.’
The staggering claims from The National Enquirer are in stark contrast to the public image of Philip Seymour Hoffman before his death as a loyal father and loving partner.
Despite being notoriously private about his personal life, he was a regular figure around the $4.4 million West Village apartment he lived in with his partner of 14-years, Mimi, 46, and his three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5.
Neighbors reported him to be friendly and unassuming and unlike other, more high-maintenance celebrities who live the area.
But two weeks ago, talented Hoffman – star of Moneyball, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Boogie Nights – admitted to a complete stranger that he was a heroin addict and just before Christmas told another stranger on the street that his addiction would kill him.
His relapse had seen him attend rehab in May of last year, but friends said that the star was unable to stay clean.
Drugs: David Bar Katz is directly quoted in Wednesday’s National Enquirer saying that he saw Philip Seymour Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died
They said that this, coupled with his confusion over his sexual identity, ended his 14-year relationship with O’Donnell before the holidays.
‘Philip fell back into heavy drug use soon after he got out of rehab and he never stopped using,’ said another source close to the family to the National Enquirer.
‘His drug use, and his ambivalence over whether he was straight of gay, drove a wedge between him and Mimi and broke them up.
‘One part of him wanted a normal family life while another part wanted heroin and the gay life.’
‘Philip moved to Greenwich Village because it is the center of New York’s gay community. The kids stayed with Mimi, but Philip saw them all the time.’
Hoffman met O’Donnell in 1999 on the set of the play, ‘In Arabia We’d All Be Kings’, where she was working as a costume designer.
While happy to engage with fans on the streets of Manhattan, Hoffman was asked about his shyness once.
‘Somebody wanted me to talk about my personal life,’ Hoffman told The Independent in 2012.
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‘I’d rather not because my family doesn’t have any choice. If I talk about them in the press, I’m giving them no choice. So I choose not to.’
On the pressures of being a father and his frequent travels, Hoffman was equally thoughtful and claimed to be blessed.
‘It’s hard for anybody who works a lot and has children,’ Hoffman told People magazine about being a father in 2007.
‘But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.’
Unable to keep his inner demons and drug problems under wraps, Hoffman’s addiction began to affect his work on the set of Hunger Games, claims The National Enquirer.
‘No one discussed Philip’s drug addiction in front of him, but the studio knew during filming there was a risk,’ said a source with knowledge of the film set.
‘Philip was often passed out on the set before his scenes. His ongoing addiction was common knowledge to everyone on set.’
Indeed, as he was promoting his films Gods Pocket and A Most Wanted Man at the Sundance Festival two weeks ago, Hoffman looked drug addled, disheveled and admitted to a stranger he was a heroin addict.
Another friend who spoke to the magazine said that Hoffman’s acting choices – playing a gay man in Boogie Nights and an addict in the Broadway play, Long Day’s Journey into Night – may have reflected his inner turmoil.
‘Philip’s entire career pointed toward a gay lifestyle and drug addiction,’ said the friend to The National Enquirer.
‘I have to wonder if those roles didn’t lead him down some dark, dangerous abyss in his personal life.’ It was on Sunday morning that Katz received a frantic phone call from Mimi O’Donnell after the 46-year-old actor failed to collect Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5, from her at 9am as arranged.
Katz phoned Isabella Wing-Davey to get her to come down to the $10,000 a month apartment that Hoffman was renting on Bethune Street in New York’s fashionable West Village.
The two of them made their horrific discovery at around 11.30am and phoned emergency services at 11.36am to come and try and save the stricken star.
He was declared dead on the arrival of the paramedics and removed from his apartment at around 7pm on Sunday evening.
Katz found the star of Almost Famous and The Ides of March dressed only in his shorts and t-shirt, with a hypodermic needle sticking out of his left arm.
He was still wearing his spectacles.
In and around the luxury two bedroom apartment were distressing signs of Hoffman’s drug problem.
Police sources have indicated that up to 70 used and unopened bags of heroin were dotted around the home – as were photographs of the Oscar winner’s children.
Indeed, sources close to the couple have revealed the battle behind closed doors that was carrying on for Mimi and Phlilp.
‘She clearly wanted him around, but she wanted him healthy,’ a source close to both the dead star told The Daily News on Tuesday.
Descent into drugs: Philip Seymour Hoffman at Sundance on January 18 – where the actor told a magazine publisher and journalist that he was a heroin addict – and that he was trying to complete rehab
Before today’s scandalous gay revelations, it was thought that Hoffman’s addiction caused O’Donnell to kick him out of the $4.4 million New York City family home he shared with her and his three children around three months ago.
‘It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell had given him some tough love and told him he needed some time away from the kids and to get straight again,’ a Hollywood source said according to the New York Post.
Hoffman went into rehab and was released just before Christmas. He started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Perry Street in the upmarket Manhattan neighborhood of the West Village.
‘He was a gentleman,’ said 58-year-old Eddie Donohoe, a regular at the meetings to the New York Daily News.
‘He was like a regular guy. He’d be polite, well-dressed, very sociable to people. Have his coffee, hang out with the guys across the street, answering the guys’ questions.’
But then suddenly, just before Christmas he stopped going to AA and instead started frequenting the Automatic Slims bar.
‘He was drinking liquor, always alone, sitting in the window,’ a source said. Other times he would drink in the White Horse Tavern – famed for being poet Dylan Thomas’ favorite watering hole.
‘He’d come in late at night alone, sit at the bar and have a cocktail and not really talk to anyone,’ said playwright Marc Spitz.
And as police go through his cellphone records and computer, new details have emerged of how the actor bought the drugs which ended his life.
Surveillance footage from his local convenience store which allegedly shows a ‘very sweaty’ Hoffman withdrawing $1,200 in six separate transactions and handing it to two men carrying messenger bags.
Sources with law enforcement have revealed that no cash was found in side Hoffman’s West Village apartment on the Sunday he was found dead surrounded by 70 bags of heroin and 20 used syringes.
The New York Post has spoken to a witness who said that Hoffman secured his fix from two men outside of a D’Agostino’s a stone’s throw away from his West Village apartment on Saturday night.
And on Tuesday, suspected heroin dealers were arrested at a Manhattan drug den on Tuesday night following a tip-off that they may have sold the deadly drug to Hoffman.
Robert Vineberg, 57, and Thomas Kushman 48, were arrested in the police swoop and charged with felony drug possession.
Musician Max Rosenblum and drama student girlfriend Juliana Luchkiw, both 22, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug possession.
The gang were arrested at 302 Mott Street in the pricey Nolita district of Manhattan at 7.30pm after police received a tip-off that Hoffman had been sold heroin at the address a few months ago
None of the packages had the ‘Ace of Spades’ stamp found on bags at Hoffman’s home, a police source told the New York Post
Culled from dailymail.co.uk