DNA test on fatherhood of Brandon Howard may actually match with Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father

Well, well, well! Even as a kid I had my suspicions about the hit song Billie Jean and fully expected some girl to pop outta the woodwork to refute his denials but when It never happened (I waited some cool 5 years to hear that news) I shrugged it off and focused on other gossip.

Joe has been portrayed by the family as the villain but if it was Michael issuing a disclaimer all those years ago, then methinks Michael is most probably the father. The Jackson kids all bear a phenomenal resemblance to each other yea? (a pair of them Jermain and someone else actually look like twins to me) but to me this dude does not just bear that generic look, he particularly looks like Michael. He certainly resembles MJ a whole lot more than the ones who currently bear the family name.

Also the mother looks like she would have gone for MJ not JJ. They are closer in age and Michael was at the peak of his career when the Billie Jean song came out.

Or maybe its just wishful thinking on my part? By the way, I want to see pictures of the Jackson patriarch when he was younger. I am still trying to figure out how he produced such lovely kids!

The test first made an alleged link to the King of Pop himself, but a source close to the Daily News said the Jackson patriarch is actually the father of Howard, who is believed to be referenced in Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit ‘Billie Jean’ with the line: ‘The kid is not my son.’

BY AND / NEW YORK DAILY NEWSBrandon Howard , Michael Jackson's self-professed long lost son going public with DNA evidence Thursday.

BHOWARDVEVO VIA YOUTUBE

At first, the DNA test allegedly showed that aspiring singer Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s son, but a source said the father is actually Jackson patriarch Joe Jackson.

It could have been the Jackson Six.

Organizers of an off-the-wall DNA test claimed on Thursday to have proven that Michael Jackson is the biological father of singer Brandon Howard.

But a source close to the Jackson clan told the Daily News that it was Joe Jackson — the King of Pop’s pop — who is the actual father.

Joe Jackson may actually be the father of Brandon Howard.

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Joe Jackson may actually be the father of Brandon Howard.

Howard, who is believed to have been born in 1981, has long been rumored to be the child Jackson referenced in the 1982 hit “Billie Jean” with the line: “The kid is not my son.”

The Jackson family has long been aware of speculation that Howard is Michael Jackson’s son. They just don’t buy it.

“I’ve been hearing for years that Brandon is Joe’s son,” the source said.

Brandon Howard, reportedly born in 1981, is allegedly the child referenced in Michael Jackson's 1982 hit 'Billie Jean.'

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Brandon Howard, reportedly born in 1981, is allegedly the child referenced in Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit ‘Billie Jean.’

Attempts to reach Howard, who does not have a birth certificate, were not immediately successful. His mother, 53-year-old pop singer Miki Howard, was reportedly repped by Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson in the 1980s. She also appeared in the 1993 movie “Poetic Justice” with Janet Jackson.

The genetic mystery — is he Jacko’s son or his brother — reached a bizarre peak at a press conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday that was organized by shipping heir Alki David and streamed live on his FilmOn.com website. Brandon Howard wasn’t present for the hyped announcement but confirmed in a Facebook post that he gave a DNA sample for the test.

Dr. Joseph Goodman, a Beverly Hills dental surgeon, revealed the results, and claimed he obtained a sample of Michael Jackson’s DNA from a dental device that had belonged to the “Thriller” singer. He purchased the device at auction.

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Brandon Howard was allegedly conceived during a dalliance between the King of Pop's dad and singer Miki Howard, 53, a source tells the Daily News.

Brandon Howard was allegedly conceived during a dalliance between the King of Pop’s dad and singer Miki Howard, 53, a source tells the Daily News.

Goodman pulled a piece of paper from an envelope and said the test showed the “probability” of the King of Pop being a parental match was “99.9 percent.”

“I think we have the proof,” Goodman declared.

Despite Goodman’s claim, the paperwork did not include the names of the test subjects or the name of a testing lab, but David told viewers such tests are typically done anonymously and that other information was redacted as a security safeguard.

Brandon Howard provided a DNA sample for the test.

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Brandon Howard provided a DNA sample for the test.

“I’m sure that there will be doubters and there will be haters and there will be those who create, build a controversy, but it is what it is,” David said.

Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman didn’t see things that way, however.

“It sounds like a fraud to me,” Weitzman told the Daily News later Thursday.

Brandon Howard has admitted Michael Jackson is a big inspiration for his work, but he claimed Thursday he had nothing to do with David’s press conference.

“I’ve never self-proclaimed to be Michael Jackson’s son,” he said in a Facebook video. “I’m definitely not suing the estate. I’m taken care of very well. And also, I make my own cash, OK?” (Dee says: Right on bro! Thats the spirit!)

Former child actor Corey Feldman, who was pals with Michael Jackson during his moonwalking heyday, attended David’s press conference and told The News he believes The Gloved One is the father.

“Personally, I do, because I’ve never met two people who were more alike in my life,” Feldman, 42, said.

Culled from nydailynews.com

Woody Allen responds to Dylan Farrow’s letter, blames Mia Farrow for sex abuse allegations

This is a dude who seduced and married his partner’s adopted daughter after having sex with her while she was still a minor.

Allen, 78, blasts  Farrow in a New York Times opinion piece for coaching her daughter, Dylan  Farrow, to fabricate sex abuse allegations in 1992. A source close to the Farrow  family says Dylan feels Woody Allen is try to discredit and silence her.

  By    AND       / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Woody Allen denies sex abuse charges brought by Dylan Farrow

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Wood Allen, seen here at the French premiere of ‘Blue Jasmine’ in Paris,  responded in a New York Times opinion piece to daughter Dylan Farrow’s claims  that he sexually abused her when she was a child.

Woody Allen fought back  on Friday against the allegation that he molested his daughter Dylan Farrow as a  child, again denying the accusation — just as he did when former flame Mia Farrow first pointed  the finger at him in the early 1990s.

In a scathing essay published on The New York Times website Friday night, Allen  responded to a letter Dylan Farrow, 28, published on Sunday that detailed  the alleged abuse. Allen blamed Mia Farrow for planting a fiction in Dylan’s  head as a young girl.

RELATED:  DYLAN FARROW DETAILS WOODY ALLEN’S SEXUAL ABUSE IN LETTER

“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” the 78-year-old director wrote. “I loved her and hope one  day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and  exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her  daughter’s well-being.”

Dylan Farrow recently wrote an open letter posted on the New York Times website detailing alleged abuse by Woody Allen when she was 7 years old.

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Dylan Farrow recently wrote an open  letter posted on the New York Times website detailing alleged abuse by Woody  Allen when she was 7 years old.

Dylan Farrow responded with venom late Friday.

“Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to  discredit and silence me — but nothing he says or writes can change the truth,”  she said, according to a source close to the family. “For 20 years, I have never  wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving  these experiences for the rest of my life.”

Investigators had cleared Allen of the allegation that he molested Dylan at  Mia Farrow’s Connecticut home in 1992. The accusation was raised by Mia Farrow  the following year as she and Allen were in the midst of a nasty breakup fueled  by his relationship with Farrow’s young adopted daughter, Soon Yi Previn — his  future wife.

Woody Allen blasts ex-lover Mia Farrow's credibility, drawing on the paternity of their son Ronan Farrow, who Mia has suggested was fathered by Frank Sinatra. Here, Farrow and Allen at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 1983.

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Woody Allen blasts ex-lover Mia  Farrow’s credibility, drawing on the paternity of their son Ronan Farrow, who  Mia has suggested was fathered by Frank Sinatra. Here, Farrow and Allen at  Madison Square Garden on April 30, 1983.

“The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t  even hire a lawyer to defend myself,” Allen wrote in reference to Mia Farrow. “… I naïvely  thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I  hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it  was.”

He said the setting Mia Farrow chose in the narrative that he says she  invented — the attic — was ludicrous because he is a claustrophobe. And he said  he took a lie detector test and passed it but that Mia Farrow declined to take  one.

RELATED:  WOODY ALLEN TUNES OUT MOLESTATION CHARGE

Mia Farrow and daughter Dylan in New York City.
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Mia Farrow and daughter Dylan in New  York City.

“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if  from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her  father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after  many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had  taken root?” Allen wrote.

Allen also tweaked Mia Farrow over the paternity of their son, Ronan, who  has been outspoken in his support of his mother and sister’s molestation  assertions. Recently, Mia Farrow has suggested that Ronan, with his blue eyes  and striking features, is the product of a fling she had with her ex-husband  Frank Sinatra while she was dating Allen.

“Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s? Granted, he looks a lot  like Frank, with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this  say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely  represented Ronan as our son?” Allen wrote. “… Again, I want to call attention to the  integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like  that.”

Culled from nydailynews.com

‘Why I Think The Gay Community Should Come Out’ – Seun Kuti

In this piece Seun Kuti boldly discusses those parts of the new law he finds disturbing and raises very valid concerns.

Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti writes for OkayAfrica.com. Find it below…

I’m writing to condemn the recent anti-gay bill signed into law by  our President Jonathan Goodluck. This law – which contains penalties of  up to 14 years in prison for anyone in a same-sex marriage or civil  union, 10 years for anyone who attends a same-sex wedding, 10 years for  anyone involved with an LGBT organization, and even 10 years for anyone  who shows affection for someone of the same sex – should be cast out.  Since the law was passed, police across Nigeria have begun arresting and torturing dozens of our fellow citizens suspected of being gay. Don’t  forget that in some of our states, if you are found guilty of being gay, you could be stoned to death.

First of all, this law was unnecessary. There is not space in the  existing constitution for gay marriage. Our constitution is very  definitive of marriage as a union between man and woman. I see the  signing in of this law for what it was: a cheap shot by an  under-achieving government to discriminate against people because they  are different.

The president of Nigeria has a PhD, so he should understand better  than most the implications of the law. Even if he couldn’t stop the  senate from passing the bill, he had the power to delay signing it as a  way of protecting the gay community. The President has had the Petroleum Industry Bill in front of him for years, and he and our senators have  stalled on the bill calling for harsher punishment for corruption.  Meanwhile, Nigeria’s senate has just sanctioned pedophilia in our  constitution (girls that are as young as 9 years old can continue to be  married in if they are “physically developed enough” according to their  parents or prospective husbands) – so this the ban on homosexuality can  hardly be a so-called “moral” issue. This is simply a move for cheap  political points. Meanwhile, people’s lives hang in the balance.
Today I am writing this not as a fight for “gay rights”, I am  fighting for all rights. People should be allowed to express themselves  freely and this includes their sexuality. I believe all gay people  should come out and organize openly. I expect that society should allow  them live their lives as they please. It’s not a cultural thing – it’s a sexual thing. I have even heard  people say it’s Western culture imposed on us and if the West doesn’t  recognize polygamy we should not accept homosexuality. This is the kind  of scary ignorance that this kind of law will foster. (I can say for a  fact that the constitution of Nigeria does not recognize polygamy. We  have customary laws that are non-binding, but our secular courts and  national constitution does not allow polygamy even though it’s “our  culture.”) I believe in education as the answer to any problem and I know this  law does not educate positively. It just criminalizes and  institutionalizes hate towards the gay community.
Here’s a call to action: I believe the gay community should come out! They need to put love above fear. I also believe that gay people in  Africa not just Nigeria who are being targeted like this should put  pressure on the West by claiming asylum in their countries. I think we  are about to see a new wave of sexual refugees!
Love over fear should be the way forward. -Seun Kuti

Culled from Linda Ikeji’s blog

Woman hacks husband to death out of fear he would infect her after he ‘inherited’ dead brother’s HIV-positive wife

Ok so I get the bit about trying to protect oneself from the virus but I do think this lady went a little too far, don’t you?

  • Annonciata  Kampororo hatched the murder plot with her son and her sister
  • She feared  her 48-year-old husband had caught HIV from late brother’s  wife
  • It is a  rural Rwandan tradition for men to ‘inherit’ widows of dead  family
  • Just over 3  per cent of the country’s population live with HIV

By Sara Malm

A Rwandan woman hacked her husband to death  with a machete for fear that he would infect her with HIV, local media  reports.

Annonciata Kampororo, said to be middle aged,  hatched a plot with her son and sister to kill her husband Anaclet Majyambere,  48, after he inherited his brother’s HIV-positive wife.

It is a tradition in some rural communities  in Rwanda for a man to ‘inherit’ the widow of a family member in order to  provide for them.

Murder: Annonciata Kampororo, said to be middle aged, hatched a plot with her son and sister to hack to death her husband Anaclet Majyambere, 48, with machetes after he inherited his brother's HIV-positive wife

Murder: Annonciata Kampororo, said to be middle  aged,  hatched a plot with her son and sister to hack to death her  husband Anaclet  Majyambere, 48, with machetes after he inherited his  brother’s HIV-positive  wife

It is believed the brother of Mr Majyambere,  a resident in Gisagara in southern Rwanda, died of AIDS.

His wife, a local liquor seller, feared that  the widow would also be infected and refused to sleep with Mr Majyambere until  he took an HIV test.

 When he refused to do so, she ‘withheld his  conjugal rights’ and began planning the murder, Sowetanlive reported.
Downtown in the Rwandan capital, Kigali: Just over 3 per cent of the Rwandan population - between 180,000 and 250,000 people - live with HIV. More than half are women and children, according to UNICEF statistics

Downtown in the Rwandan capital, Kigali: Just  over 3  per cent of the Rwandan population – between 180,000 and 250,000  people – live  with HIV. More than half are women and children, according to UNICEF  statistics

One night, Kampororo, her son and her sister  attacked Mr Majyambere with machetes and pestles and killed him.

It is estimated that just over 3 per cent of  the Rwandan population – between 180,000 and 250,000 people – live with  HIV.

More than half are women and children,  according to UNICEF statistics, and in 2011 a reported 170,000 children were  orphans as a result of AIDS.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk/

Husband sexually abuses wife with tree frog: charged with rape and animal cruelty

Sweetness, It never stops does it?! A tree frog?!!!! What on earth?

  • The accused is from Marsden, near  Brisbane, Australia
  • Understood to have carried out the acts  between 2005 and 2012
  • Detectives have alleged the woman was  drugged during the ordeals

By Daily Mail Reporter

A husband accused of drugging and sexually  abusing his wife with a tree frog has been charged with rape and  cruelty.

The man, from Marsden, near Brisbane,  Australia, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is understood to have  carried out the acts between 2005 and 2012.

He has been charged with multiple counts of  rape, sexual assault, stupefying, taking prohibited visual recordings and for  distributing them using email and websites.

A husband accused of drugging and sexually abusing his wife with a tree frog has been charged with rape and cruelty
A husband accused of drugging and sexually abusing his  wife with a tree frog has been charged with rape and cruelty

The man’s laptop and hard drive were sized  during a raid on the man’s home in 2012, reports The Australian.

Detectives have alleged the woman was drugged  with sedative and was therefore unaware of what was happening when the videos  and photos were taken which included sex acts performed on the sleeping woman  with a green tree frog.

The man is accused of uploading the videos  and photos to a pornography site and shared with other users videos  of sex acts being performed on his wife to another person.

Police allege the woman never granted consent  to her husband to take the images of her or upload them, reported the  website.

In 2012 the charges against him were withdraw, but  the case was re-opened following a review of the brief of evidence by the Office  for the Director of Public Prosecutions which ruled  there was sufficient evidence to recharge the man over the alleged offences due  to the quantity of electronic evidence involved.

The man is accused of uploading the videos and photos to a pornography site and shared with other users videos of sex acts being performed on his wife to another person

The man is accused of uploading the videos and photos to  a pornography site and shared with other users videos of sex acts being  performed on his wife to another person

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

‘Will you just die?’: Dying woman manages to reveal what boyfriend said to her as he stabbed her 40 times

The good thing about this story is that the woman in question lived long enough to identify her killer. The bad news is obvious. May her soul rest in peace.

  • Joanna Hall  was killed by out-of-work chef Steven Williams in Tenby,  Wales
  • The  30-year-old knifed her 40 times then went out to buy whisky
  • He laughed  down the phone when he finally dialled 999 five hours later
  • Joanna, 35,  named Williams as her killer before slipping into a coma
  • Jury  convicted him by 10-2 after hearing of her deathbed  accusation

By Dan Bloom

Tragedy: Joanna Hall, 35, lay dying for five hours after she was stabbed by Steven Williams

Tragedy: Joanna Hall, 35, lay dying for five hours after  she was stabbed by Steven Williams

A woman whose frenzied boyfriend stabbed and  slashed her 40 times named him as the culprit from her hospital bed, then  slipped into a coma and died.

Joanna Hall, 35, begged unemployed chef  Steven Williams to dial 999 as she lay bleeding on the floor but he waited five  hours – then laughed down the phone to the operator.

Williams told police a mystery knifeman had  broken in while he was shopping at Sainsbury’s.

But a jury found him guilty of murder after  they were told of his girlfriend’s deathbed confession.

Williams, 30, from Tenby, west Wales, is  expected to be jailed for life tomorrow.

Swansea Crown Court heard the pair had been  dating for about six months when Williams grew suspicious that his girlfriend  had given him a sexually transmitted disease.

On March 16 last year he arrived at her flat  in Tenby after drinking whisky and launched into an argument.

It escalated and he stabbed and slashed her  repeatedly across her breasts and stomach with a kitchen knife.

Then, as she lay bleeding on the floor,  Williams went out for 10 minutes to buy more whisky, sarcastically telling her  not to go anywhere while he was gone.

When she was eventually airlifted to hospital  in Swansea – only after she had started falling unconscious – Joanna had enough  energy to point the finger at Williams in conversations with police, hospital  staff and her sister Georgina before slipping into a coma from which she never  recovered.

Her life support machine was switched off  almost three weeks after the attack.

According to her sister, she said from her  deathbed: ‘It was Steven Williams. He  turned up at my flat after drinking whisky, there was an argument and he  flipped.

Joanna Hall 35, who was murdered by her boyfriend Steven Williams in Tenby, West Wales

A CCTV still of Steven Williams being arrested

Killing: Joanna Hall, left, had been dating Steven  Williams for about six months when he accused her of giving him a sexually  transmitted disease. CCTV captured the moment he was arrested outside a  supermarket, right

Murder: The pair both lived in the seaside town of Tenby, pictured (file photo)

Murder: The pair both lived in the seaside town of  Tenby, pictured (file photo)

‘He began stabbing me – then sat with me  smoking a cigarette and said: “Will you just die?”‘

The court was also read Joanna’s police  statement, which said: ‘He started  shouting at me and went into the kitchen and came back with a knife.

‘I asked him what he was going to do with it  and he said: “Watch me”.

‘He stabbed me in the back and the knife got  stuck but he managed to get it out and carried on stabbing me.’

Williams was arrested outside a nearby  supermarket shortly after the stabbing. He denied the attack throughout the trial –  but the jury was shown evidence of injuries he sustained as Joanna tried to  fight him off.

Prosecutor Elwen Evans described Joanna’s  injuries, some of which were too distressing to be published.

Caught: Police arresting Williams. He claimed a mystery knifeman had broken into the flat and stabbed Joanna

Caught: Police arresting Williams. He claimed a mystery  knifeman had broken into the flat and stabbed Joanna
Sentence: Williams is expected to be jailed for life tomorrow at Swansea Crown Court after he was found guilty

Sentence: Williams is expected to be jailed for life  tomorrow at Swansea Crown Court after he was found guilty

‘Her condition was very serious indeed,’ she  told the court. ‘She had suffered substantial blood loss.

‘She was flown by helicopter to hospital  where she underwent surgery and was put on a life support machine.

‘Her organs stopped functioning and she died  in April 2013, 20 days after the attack, but before going unconscious she was  able to give an account of what had happened to her.’

The jury found Williams guilty by a majority  of 10 to two, the smallest normally allowed in the law, after a three week  trial.

In a statement reported by WalesOnline, Joanna’s family said: ‘Williams  is an evil monster who needs to be locked away so that he can’t hurt anyone else  in the same way as Jo.

‘Nothing will bring Jo back or change the  heinous things that Williams did to her and unfortunately we now have to live  with that for the rest of our lives.’

He will be sentenced tomorrow. No psychiatric  reports were prepared.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

‘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