Playwright David Bar Katz was a friend to Philip Seymour Hoffman and discovered the actor dead on the bathroom floor.
Shortly after, the National Enquirer published a story claiming Hoffman and Katz were lovers and Katz had seen Hoffman using drugs. Katz immediately filed a libel suit and within two days, The Enquirer had withdrawn the article and apologized.
Speaking to Chris Cuomo, Katz said he believes the paper was misled by another person who claimed to be Hoffman's friend.
But Katz holds the Enquirer accountable for irresponsible journalism.
"It’s lousy journalism, you know, like a fourth grader did something like for the school newspaper, I’d reprimand them, so I don't know how they can purport to be journalists and function like that," he said.
The Enquirer has published an apology in the New York Times and Mr. Katz has used part of his settlement to form the American Playwriting Foundation, which will give out an annual prize of $45,000 for new work.