‘I was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s gay lover and saw him freebasing cocaine the night before he died’, says writer who found his body

…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

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.’

 The interview given by Katz contradicts his  first and only statement up  until today in relation to his long-time friend,  Hoffman’s, death.

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

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

More shocking revelations: The day after it emerged that Philip Seymour Hoffman told a complete stranger he was a heroin addict two weeks before he died - his friend David Bar Katz has come forward in an interview to claim that he and the actor were lovers and involved in a relationship together

More shocking revelations: The day after it emerged that  Philip Seymour Hoffman told a complete stranger he was a heroin addict two weeks  before he died – his friend David Bar Katz has come forward in an interview to  claim that he and the actor were lovers and involved in a relationship  together
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 (right) a grieving Mimi arrives at an Upper East Side funeral parlor to plan Hoffman's wake and memorial

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 (right) 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-Davey

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.

Allegations: This is David Bar Katz arriving at the home of Mimi O'Donnell on Tuesday in Manhattan after Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday. An interview published today carries a direct quote from Katz in which he claims to have been the gay lover of the Oscar winning actor

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Allegations: This is David Bar Katz arriving at the home of Mimi O'Donnell on Tuesday in Manhattan after Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday. An interview published today carries a direct quote from Katz in which he claims to have been the gay lover of the Oscar winning actor

Allegations: This is David Bar Katz arriving at the home  of Mimi O’Donnell on Tuesday in Manhattan after Philip Seymour Hoffman died on  Sunday. An interview published today carries a direct quote from Katz in which  he claims to have been the gay lover of the Oscar winning actor
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

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

Outlandish claim: David Bar Katz has claimed in an interview on Wednesday that he and tragic Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman were gay lovers and that he saw the actor freebasing hard drugs the night before he died

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Outlandish claim: David Bar Katz (left and right with John Ortiz) has claimed in an interview on Wednesday that he and tragic Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman were gay lovers and that he saw the actor freebasing hard drugs the night before he died

Outlandish claim: David Bar Katz (left and right with  John Ortiz) has claimed in an interview on Wednesday that he and  tragic Oscar  winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman were gay lovers and  that he saw the actor  freebasing hard drugs 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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Tragic: The body of Philip Seymour Hoffman was removed from his apartment building just before 7 p.m. Sunday after he died on Sunday after being discovered earlier on in the day by his friend, David Bar Katz

Tragic: The body of Philip Seymour Hoffman was removed  from his apartment building just before 7 p.m. Sunday after he died on Sunday  after being discovered earlier on in the day by his friend, David Bar  Katz

‘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.

Triumph: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and his wife Mimi O'Donnell arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons after winning the award (right) for Best Actor in a leading role for Capote on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California
Triumph: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and his wife Mimi O'Donnell arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons after winning the award (right) for Best Actor in a leading role for Capote on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood, California

Triumph: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and his  wife Mimi  O’Donnell arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons  after winning the  award for Best Actor in a leading role for  Capote on March 5, 2006 in  West Hollywood, California
Family home: This is the front exterior of the $4.4 million West Village home that Philip Seymour Hoffman shared with his girlfriend of 14-years and the mother of his three children Mimi O'Donnell

Family home: This is the front exterior of the $4.4  million West Village home that Philip Seymour Hoffman shared with his girlfriend  of 14-years and the mother of his three children Mimi O’Donnell

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.

Film festival: Philip Seymour Hoffman at Sundance on January 18, with his British assistant Isabella Wing-Davey (right) who discovered his body on Sunday in Manhattan

Film festival: Philip Seymour Hoffman at Sundance on January 18, with his British assistant Isabella Wing-Davey (on the actor's left in black hat) who discovered his body on Sunday in Manhattan

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

Revealing interview from 2006: The actor said that he  sought help for substance abuse when he was 23-years-old and had just graduated  from NYU
Battle with addiction: This picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman with his sister Emily Hoffman shows the future Oscar winner after his graduation - by his own admission, Hoffman would enter rehab in 1989 after leaving NYU because of his problems with heroin

Battle with addiction: This picture of Philip Seymour  Hoffman with his sister Emily Hoffman shows the future Oscar winner after his  graduation – by his own admission, Hoffman would enter rehab in 1989 after  leaving NYU because of his problems with heroin

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.

Drug deal: This is the local D'Agostino's almost next door to Philip Seymour Hoffman's West Village apartment where he withdrew $1,200 in six installments to pay two men for drugs on Saturday evening at around 8pm

Drug deal: This is the local D’Agostino’s almost next  door to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s West Village apartment where he withdrew $1,200  in six installments to pay two men for drugs on Saturday evening at around  8pm
So close: This map shows how near the ATM where Philip Seymour Hoffman withdrew $1,200 to pay his drug dealers is to the West Village apartment he was found dead in

So close: This map shows how near the ATM where Philip  Seymour Hoffman withdrew $1,200 to pay his drug dealers is to the West Village  apartment he was found dead in

‘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.

Dead at 46: Philip Seymour Hoffman with his Oscar for Capote at the 78th Academy Awards press room, Los Angeles, in 2006

Dead at 46: Philip Seymour Hoffman with his Oscar for  Capote at the 78th Academy Awards press room, Los Angeles, in 2006
Method acting: Philip Seymour Hoffman won huge critical acclaim for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2005

Method acting: Philip Seymour Hoffman won huge critical  acclaim for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2005

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

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