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[Gossip] Philip Seymour Hoffman's Accused Dealer Says He's a Scapegoat
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.10.2014

The man who is accused of being Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin dealer says he's being made a scapegoat and in fact could have saved him. The New York Post spoke with Robert Vineberg, who has denied selling Hoffman the seventy-three bags of heroin that were found in the actor's apartment at the time of his death. He declined to answer whether he had ever sold Hoffman drugs and said that he was Hoffman's friend.

Vineberg said, "I could've saved him...If I knew he was in town, I would've said, ‘Hey, let's make an AA meeting.' If I was with him, it wouldn't have happened. Not under my guard."

Vineberg, who admitted to being a heroin user, says he had known Hoffman for about a year and said he only snorted the drug while Hoffman injected it. He said of Hoffman, "When we got together, we talked about books. And art. He was a normal guy. You wouldn't know he was an Oscar winner. He loved his kids. I offer my condolences to his family."

Vineberg says he last saw Hoffman in October and that Hoffman was high. Vineberg was arrested in a raid last week of his apartment after an informant told cops he had witnessed Hoffman buying heroin there. Around 300 bags of the drug were found in the apartment. Vineberg said that Hoffman last spoke to Hoffman in December over email and text, noting, "He left me a voicemail in December saying, ‘I'm clean.'..We'd text back and forth, ‘Oh, I got one day on you!' ‘No I've got one day on you,'"

As to Hoffman's fall back into addiction, Vineberg said, "When you're clean for that long of a time, your body can't take as much. Your body doesn't have the tolerance. He was using needles. He was a hard-core addict."

Vineberg has been charged with felony drug possession and is one of three suspected dealers charged in connection with the actor's passing. He said, "Don't you understand? I'm a scapegoat."

Vineberg's lawyer added, "All of the evidence adduced to date has indicated that Robert did not provide to Mr. Hoffman the narcotics that caused his unfortunate death. The evidence also shows that Robert and Mr. Hoffman were true friends who had bonded over and struggled with the dangerous use of narcotic drugs."


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