Two years after the death of former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K Stern, her boyfriend and attorney, and two of her doctors have been charged with conspiring to supply her with controlled substances from July 2004 through January 2007.
The two doctors are Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor. The two of them and Stern allegedly prescribed, dispensed, or gave a controlled substance to Smith, who was a drug addict. They are accused of conspiring to and providing the former model-turned reality star with thousands of prescription pills prior to her death.
Smith died from an accidental prescription drug overdose in February 2007. She was just 39. 11 prescription drugs were found in her hotel room at that time. Some of the medications were prescribed to Smith using aliases, while other drugs were prescribed to Stern.
Stern and Kapoor were both arrested last week and released on $20,000 bond. Eroshevich is expected to turn herself in. Her criminal defense lawyer says that Eroshevich only provided prescription drugs to Smith under other names to protect the star’s privacy.
Stern faces six criminal felony counts while the doctors have been charged with seven.
Smith’s drug overdose death came just months after her son Daniel, 20, died after taking a deadly mix of drugs and while Stern and Larry Birkhead, another former Smith boyfriend, waged media and legal battles over which of them was the biological father of Dannielynn, Smith’s baby girl. DNA tests eventually confirmed that Birkhead was the father.
Following Stern’s arrest, his attorney issued a statement calling all the accusations against him false. She expressed confidence that the drug charges against him would be dropped and she cautioned the media to allow Stern to be presumed innocent unless he is proven guilty in a court of law.
Related Web Resources:
Anna Nicole Smith collapses, dies at 39, MSNBC, February 9, 2007
Birkhead named baby’s dad; Stern won’t fight for custody, CNN.com, April 10, 2007
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