Attorney Denies Hoffman Death Connection, Fears Client Is “Scapegoat”


Three cell phones containing the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s number were found in the building where cops made four drug arrests, but it's unclear whether any of the suspects are tied to the actor's fatal supply of heroin, reports the New York Daily News. At least one of the phones found at a rundown building belonged to alleged heroin peddler Robert Vineberg, a struggling jazz musician who was arrested Tuesday. “Just for the record, this case and the charges against Mr. Vineberg have absolutely nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman,” his lawyer Edward Kratt said. “I hope that the district attorney will not use Mr. Vineberg as a scapegoat in that unfortunate situation.”

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in a T-shirt and shorts and with 70 baggies of heroin in his apartment. The medical examiner's office said results of his autopsy were inconclusive. A needle was stuck in his arm. A confidential informant with three drug arrests on his record led investigators to the address where the drug arrests were made and gave police Vineberg's name as Hoffman's supplier, a source said.

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