Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer and faux boyfriend Howard K. Stern has been arraigned on five additional charges in her death. All of the counts related to him helping her illegally obtain prescription narcotics. He’s pleaded not guilty, along with two of Smith’s doctors, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and psychiatrist Dr. Khristine Eroshevich.
More charges were filed Wednesday against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith, with prosecutors claiming he helped obtain the drugs that killed the former Playboy model. Howard K. Stern was charged with five more felony counts in an amended complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’soffice, bringing the total number of charges against him to 11.
Smith died of a drug overdose on Feb. 8, 2007, in a Florida hotel room. Prosecutors call Stern an aider and abettor of two doctors, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, who are charged with improperly prescribing the drugs that killed Smith. All three pleaded not guilty in May to conspiring to illegally provide Smith with controlled substances. They re-entered their pleas Wednesday to the amended complaint. Outside court, Stern’s attorney said the additional charges were filed because prosecutors realized their case against him was weak. “They are using a shotgun approach,” Steve Sadow said. “They are throwing everything at him to see what sticks, and nothing will stick.” Sadow argues his client should not be blamed for Smith’s death because Stern was relying on the doctors to treat the former model, who he said was recovering from an illness at the time of her death.
“Anna Nicole was a very strong-willed woman,” Sadow said. “She took the prescription medications because she thought it was in her best interest to control her pain. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 5 but prosecutors asked for a delay until Oct. 13. A decision will be made following a scheduling hearing Oct. 1.
There’s also the big issue of what kind of relationships Smith had with her doctors. There’s a photo of her with Kapoor at a gay pride parade and the prosecution is saying they had some sort of inappropriate personal relationship. His lawyer is arguing that’s not the case, since Kapoor is gay. She says they didn’t have a social relationship either, they just both happened to be at the same event. I can buy that. However I’d love to hear the excuses that come out of Dr. Khristine Eroshevich’s lawyer. Look what kind of photos are floating around of Eroshevich and Anna Nicole.
Anna Nicole Smith and her psychiatrist were captured on film in various contorted sexual positions, according to new legal docs.
We reported this morning that the legal docs describe Anna Nicole and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich naked in a bathtub together. Authorities claim the two women had a personal relationship “that crossed the boundaries of professionalism.”
The documents are very specific: “One photo showed both naked women embracing while looking at the camera. In another photo, Dr. Eroshevich is sitting between Anna Nicole Smith’s legs while Anna…was in a more reclined position.
In the third photo, Anna Nicole Smith has her ankles on each of Dr. Eroshevich’s shoulders while they are holding hands and their clasped hands are resting in the area of Anna Nicole Smith’s vagina posing for the camera.”
More than a year ago we saw a photo of Anna Nicole and Dr. Eroshevich, naked in a bathtub with a sex toy nearby. We did not publish the photo.
If even TMZ finds themselves in an ethical quandary over a photo, it’s got to be seriously bad. I can’t wait to hear how Eroshevich is going to explain those pictures. There’s no non-salacious and rational explanation I can think of. All of the defendants in this case are creepy, just different levels. Howard Stern is creepy because of his appearance and Svengali-like hold over Smith. But of the two doctors I find Eroshevich the worst. I mean presumably she also functioned as a psychiatrist to Smith. Yet… those photos. This woman must be seriously psychologically disturbed.
Anna Nicole was victimized from all sorts of people. It just goes to show the powerful way drugs can take over your life. In her case they made her so doped up that she agreed to all sorts of things she probably wouldn’t have otherwise. And they ultimately led to her death. Even though it’s been several years coming, hopefully she’ll get some justice soon.
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