GQ is defending itself from charges from Joseph Gordon-Levitt that it inaccurately reported that an "alleged" drug overdose killed the actor's brother, Dan, in 2010.
"The Dark Knight Rises" star and magazine's August cover boy called the writer's choice of words "factually incorrect" earlier this week.
The magazine released a statement Thursday saying, because reporter Amy Wallace "and her editors understood the pain Dan's passing caused the Gordon-Levitt family, the story sought to be respectful -- and brief -- in the way it described his death, which GQ felt was a relevant fact in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's biography."
"The story stated that Dan, 36, who was close to his brother and often collaborated with him, 'died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. 'It was an accident' is all Joe will say about that,'" GQ continued.
"The magazine stands by its reporting, the facts of which are fully supported -- and have been confirmed in detail -- by the Los Angeles County coroner's office."
The L.A. County Department of Coroner allegedly told E! News that Daniel Gordon-Levitt, per his death certificate, died accidentally of "ketamine intoxication." (Ketamine's medicinal use is as an intravenous or intramuscular anesthetic, but taken recreationally it's said to have a similar effect to PCP. It can cause elevated blood pressure and hallucinations.)
Following Dan's death on Oct. 4, 2010, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told E! News