Friday, March 13, 2009
Anna Nicole Smith's former lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern has been charged in relation to her death.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has confirmed Howard and two other doctors were, on Thursday (12.03.09), charged with conspiring to supply Anna - who died of combined drug intoxication in February 2007 aged just 39 - with drugs.
It has been alleged Howard, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich gave drugs to Anna between June 5 2004 and January 26 2007.
They have all been charged with unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance during the time stated.
Sandeep and Khristine have also been charged with one count of gaining an opiate prescription by "fraud, deceit or misrepresentation" and with one count of getting an opiate prescription using a false name or address.
Both Sandeep and Howard - who was Anna's lover at the time of her death and once claimed to be the father of her daughter Dannielynn - have been charged with one count of "prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict". Khristine was also charged with this offence in a separate count.
Each was given bail at $20,000 and arraignment dates have not yet been set.
Howard has previously denied any illegal activity in relation to Anna and drugs.
Anna died after she was found unresponsive in a room at Hollywood's Hard Rock casino.
Her death came just months after her son Daniel died from accidentally taking a lethal combination of drugs.
He passed away in September 2006 in his mother's Bahamas hospital room while he was visiting his new sister Dannielynn.