A man police believe may have been Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin dealer has spoken out after being arrested following Hoffman's tragic and sudden death.
Robert Vineberg is currently being held at Rikers Island. During an exclusive interview with New York Post Saturday, he did give his condolences to Hoffman's family, but also said that he believes he is being used as a "scapegoat" while police try to figure out what exactly caused Hoffman's passing.
He went on to say that he and Hoffman have known each other for about a year and initially bonded over their struggle with drugs. He added that he would have never let Hoffman abuse drug under his care.
"He was my friend. 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...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 said.
Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment Feb. 2. He had a heroin needle in his arm. Vineberg said that he did not sell Hoffman the 73 bags of heroin that were found in the actor's apartment, but would not confirm whether or not he had sold him drugs in the past.
Police seized 300 bags of heroin from Vineberg's apartment on Mott Street during a raid last week.