Howard K. Stern, the (ahem) ex-lover of Anna Nicole Smith was arrested yesterday and charged in regards to her death. More than two years after Anna Nicole Smith died from a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs, authorities have filed the first criminal charges, targeting her former attorney and boyfriend.
Stern once claimed to be the father of her daughter Dannielynn, until DNA tests proved that photographer Larry Birkhead was the baby’s daddy. Stern has been formally charged with conspiring to furnish drugs to Smith prior to her death, prosecutors said Thursday.
He was arrested on 6 felony counts, and booked by police in Whittier, Calif., with bail set for $20,000. Also charged with 7 felonies each were two doctors, Sandeep Kapoor, 40, and Anna Nicole’s “psychiatrist”, Khristine Eroshevich, 61, who allegedly prescribed medication unlawfully to Anna Nicole, according to the L.A. County D.A.’s Office. Kapoor was arrested and booked. A warrant was issued for Eroshevich’s arrest.
In March of 2007, Eroshevich sent a fax from the Bahamas to Los Angeles before Anna Nicole Smith died, asking for a menu of potent drugs that could kill her patient. This was the same doctor whom “Entertainment Tonight” paid as a consultant and was constantly referred to on their program as the dead modelâ€™s “best friend.”
In the fax, Eroshevich requested a laundry list of drugs to be sent to the Bahamas by courier for “M. Chase,” the pseudonym Smith used to obtain drugs. The list was unreal. It included: four bottles of 2 mg Dilaudid; 2 milliliter bottles of Lorazepam (Ativan); two bottles of 350 mg Soma, a total of 180 tablets; one bottle each of 30 mg Dalmane and 400 mg Prexige, the latter a British drug; and one bottle of methadone, 300 5mg tablets. All of them are classified as different types of painkillers.
The conspiracy counts claim the three defendants conspired to provide controlled substances to Smith from between June 2004 and January 2007. They also were charged with “prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict,” among other charges.
Anyone with half a brain knows that these three made it easy for Anna Nicole to get her crazed hands on enough drugs to kill even Amy Winehouse. We can only HOPE these trials are televised, as the soap opera around Anna Nicole Smith is always crazier than fiction. More to come on this developing story.