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  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/13/2012 1:25:34 AM PST · 86 of 243
    SUN68RAY to SUN68RAY

    “Paula pursued a military intelligence career abroad, serving in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During her service, especially after 9-11, Paula’s intensity was directed toward the war against terror; her contributions and efforts to thwart terrorism have been commended by the U.S. Army and by Europe’s Special Operations Forces Commanding General. In this arena, she has planned counter-terrorism initiatives presented to NATO and worked on transnational counter-terrorism issues with foreign and domestic agencies, U.S. Special Forces, and the FBI.”

    Graduate studies at the University of Denver in Middle East studies enabled her to travel to “Jordan and Israel,” and make a swing through the Persian Gulf and Europe where she spoke at various conferences. This triumphal tour was capped by a Harvard fellowship “for study in Syria and Iran.”

    While Broadwell’s current academic affiliation is with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, her previous post was deputy director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. The Center, according to its self-description, “distinguishes itself by a philosophy that maintains counter-terrorism should be predictive, preventive and preemptive, with the latter being a last resort.” Founded in 2005, the Jebsen Center was made possible by the generous donation of one Jan Henrik Jebsen, heir to the Norwegian shipping fortune, who gave $1.3 million to set it up. Jebsen, a former investment banker with Lazard Freres, is the principal of Gamma Applied Visions Group, an international octopus with tentacles all over the place: part arms dealer and weapons developer, part “green” energy company. As one might expect from someone who has so much of his multi-billion dollar fortune invested in making and selling armaments, Jebsen is on the board of directors of the distinctly warlike Hudson Institute, where Scooter Libby, Douglas Feith, Michael Ledeen, and practically every neocon you’ve ever heard of have found refuge.

    All this establishes a context that goes far beyond the titillating details of the alleged affair between Petraeus and Broadwell — and this is no doubt what set alarm bells ringing in the intelligence community when it was revealed. Is there really any need to point out the uses of the “honeypot” in intelligence-gathering and other covert activities regularly engaged in by spooks of all nations? From Mata Hari to the Mossad agent who lured Israeli nuclear scientist Mordecahi Vanunu, sex is a time-honored weapon in the war of spy-vs-spy. A secret affair with the CIA Director is the equivalent of the Honeypot Olympics, and we have to ask: was the remarkably fit Ms. Broadwell a lure? If so, she’s won a Gold Medal.

    Broadwell’s actions — sending emails that were bound to be traced back to her — appear to make little sense on the surface. But if the goal of luring a 60-year-old geezer into an affair with a much younger woman was to expose him, and get him fired, then surely her antics succeeded in accomplishing that goal.

    So who would have an interest in getting rid of Petraeus? Here’s where the Cantor connection comes in. The tip by an anonymous “FBI employee” that wound up in Cantor’s office two weeks ago came through Rep. David Reichert, Republican of Washington state, who has a friend who knows the whistleblower. Cantor then spoke to the whistleblower directly, who put him in touch with FBI Director Mueller.

    Cantor is a great friend of Israel, and Petraeus — not so much. The General was attacked, as you’ll recall, by partisans of the Lobby, including Abe Foxman, when he delivered testimony before Congress citing Israel as a strategic liability in the Middle East. As the executor of the new Obamaite policy of sidling up to Islamists, not only in Libya but also in Syria and Egypt, Petraeus was no doubt seen by the Israelis as an enemy to be neutralized.

    Broadwell’s affiliation with the Jebsen Center, and the Center’s connection to the neoconservative network, sets the scene: a young, attractive woman with impeccable national security credentials throws herself at Petraeus, and he takes the bait. Whether she’s been recruited by a foreign intelligence agency at this point or not is irrelevant: he’s already put himself in a vulnerable position, and there are any number of actors on the international stage more than willing to press their advantage.

    Will we ever know the full story? At this point, the story is so hot that it may burn the cover story — “it’s all about sex” — right off the wrapper. Because there’s more — a lot more — here than meets the eye. When Cantor pledged to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he and his fellow Republicans “will serve as a check on the administration” in regard to the President’s policy toward Israel, he was clearly aligning himself with a foreign leader against American interests as perceived by the White House. But would he really go this far — deliberately taking down a key figure, one beloved by Republicans, in order to keep his promise to Netanyahu?

    Stay tuned to this space, because this story is moving fast….


  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/13/2012 1:09:27 AM PST · 82 of 243
    SUN68RAY to SUN68RAY

    Jill Kelley, who said she has known David Petraeus and his wife Holly for five years, has visited them in Washington DC.

    She is also reported to have been invited to a breakfast at the White House.

    In recognition of her work with officials at CENTCOM, Jill Kelley was recently named as a honorary consulate general to South Korea.

    Military sources say that Jill Kelley was frequently seen in David Petraeus’ company at social events held at Central Command headquarters.

    Central Command oversees U.S. military operations across the Middle East – including in Iraq and Afghanistan. David Petraeus was promoted lead the command, based in Tampa, in October 2008 after successfully engineering and executing the surge strategy.

    While in Tampa, David Petraeus worked to reorganize Central Command from its original Cold War era footing to focusing more on counterinsurgency.


  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/13/2012 12:49:26 AM PST · 78 of 243
    SUN68RAY to Gene Eric

    In this video she is speaking about Benghazi. It starts about the 35 mark.


  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/13/2012 12:43:06 AM PST · 76 of 243
    SUN68RAY to little jeremiah

    In this video you can clearly see someone in plastic cuffs being put in a SUV. I do believe these were the prisoners she was speaking about.


  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/12/2012 11:41:27 PM PST · 55 of 243
    SUN68RAY to petitfour


    Here are a few of the emails:
    The much publicized emails that sparked the whole Petraeus scandal have been obtained by The LBT.

  • Scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

    11/12/2012 11:32:45 PM PST · 47 of 113
    SUN68RAY to little jeremiah

    Here are a few of the emails:
    The much publicized emails that sparked the whole Petraeus scandal have been obtained by The LBT.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/09/2007 3:41:23 PM PST · 2,925 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to All

    CelebTV.com Exclusive


    According to court papers first obtained by CelebTV.com, L.A.-based attorney Sorrell Trope is suing Anna Nicole Smith’s estate for unpaid legal bills.

    In a creditor’s claim filed in L.A. Superior Court on Nov. 7, Trope’s firm is seeking precisely $162,855.67 for legal work done “in connection with family law matters” for Smith from October 2006 to March 2007.

    The total bill for Trope’s services was over $280,000, and $118,000 of that sum was paid, leaving the balance of over $162,000 still due to Trope, the papers say.

    A call to Sorrell Trope from CelebTV.com was not immediately returned.

    Anna Nicole, a former Playboy Playmate, died in February.

    Better than having to go to TMZ...

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/07/2007 11:54:47 PM PST · 2,787 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to SUN68RAY

    I was asked to analyze the body language of Howard K. Stern during his interview with ET when he was flying to the Bahamas. It was most revealing To me it seemed that his tears were crocodile tears. To me it seemed like there was no facial emotion associated with those tears. He NEVER once looked at his interviewer Mark Steinetz when he was asked questions. He consistently looked down as though he had a paper with notes on them . He was completely disconnected. He looked as though he may be guilty about something—like perhaps doling out too many drugs to her and enabling her drug addict behavior and thereby contributing in a huge way, if not causing, her premature death.
    The one thing he said that literally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up was when he said “I WANT HER TO BE WITH DANNY” He did not say as most people would, “I HOPE SHE IS WITH DANNY” Instead he said “I WANT HER TO BE WITH DANNY”
    This arises many questions. Did he WANT her to be with Danny and therefore perhaps kill her by giving her an overdose of drugs so that she could actually be with Danny? In his mind was he committing a compassionate act for Anna? Or was it a self serving evil act?Only Howard knows that for sure.
    Since he was so manipulative and controlling in every aspect of her life, including how much drugs she took,as referenced in various interviews on television by people who evidently saw him dole out drugs to her, Anna was now at his mercy. During her not too often lucid moments when she was not drugged out, she perhaps may have had the wherewithall to remember what she was witnessed to have said that day Danny died and couldn’t be revived. She was overheard saying to Howard “THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF YOU! IT IS YOUR FAULT!”
    Is this perhaps why Howard encouraged her drug use to keep her silent and submissive and to never again bring up what she was overheard as saying in the hospital room when she found Danny dead? Was his aim to silence her by providing her with just one too many pills so she would be silenced forever? Only Howard knows the answer to this question.

    Also where in the world was Howard when Anna was so ill? Why wasn’t a physician called? Why was a nurse there? Who is this nurse and why was she hired? Did Howard hire this nurse to diffuse any link to him regarding Anna’s death? After all the nurse was there— not Howard when Anna Nichole died.It seems ironic ince Howard was always seen hoovering around Anna and never leaving her side.
    Howard was completing his transaction for a yacht purchase when Anna Nichole died! Why would anyone leave a woman whom he supposedly loved who was running a life threatening high fever days earler?,
    Howard professes his love for Anna Nichole on the ET interview but as a body language and voice expert,and as a communication psychologist, I am not buying it !I don’ believe that he loved Anna Nichole. I do believe that he loved the excitement of her life—the whirlwind of the parties she attended to which he tagged along , the coming off as Mr. Bigshot—“Anna Nichole’s—manager/ lawyer”. He loved that role because it gave him power he didn’t have. I have seen this all too often in my private practice where managers often feel like they are the stars and try to dominate the real star’s life. While everyone wanted Nichole for photo shoots, tv shows, films,and commercials, they all had to go through her “manager/ attorney” which made him feel like he was the real star. After all, without him, Anna couldn’t do any of these things he thought. Finally I believe loved her millions she was about to get from her husband the late Howard Marshall’s estate.

    A man who really loves a woman does not leave her in the hands of a nurse when the person is so ill that they require a nurses assistance. He gets a doctor immediately! He takes her to a hospital. When a man loves a woman he doesn’t sedate her and enable her to continue self destructive behavior. When a man really loves a woman he doesn’t try to keep her away from others like Howard apparently did. In fact a best friend of Anna’s said that she couldn’t get near Anna since Howard came on the picture.
    Because Howard was in total control of Anna Nichole, he definitely had her ear but definitely did NOT have her back, so to speak.
    He just had his own back! Did he dole out a little too many drugs to Daniel as well? Why would an otherwise healthy boy be taking methadone? Were they his mother’s pills that Howard was dolling out to him? Was Howard trying to get rid of him now that Danilynn was born so that he could his stake claim to Anna’s upcoming multi-millions by registering as the “father” of the baby? Did he know full well that he wasn’t the father? Did he think that with Danny in the picture as well as a new baby, there would be even less time for him? Was this a motivation in perhaps doing away with Daniel? I am not accusing Howard but these questions concern me.
    Another thing that bothers me is that why did he and Anna Nichole go to the Bahamas in the first place? It certainly wasn’t to get away from the press! In fact they filmed the baby’s birth and sold it to the press immediately. They even sickly invited the press to film their bogus “wedding ceremony” where an incoherent Anna Nichole jumps off he boat into the water. She did not appear to be coherent and may have possibly been on drugs at the time as most people would not jump into the ocean fully clothed and act the way she did especially after just losing their child.
    Was it perhaps Howard’s plan all along to do away with Daniel? Who knows? Was it perhaps why he insisted that Anna Nichole come to the Bahams to have the baby? Did he perhaps believe that no one would investigate him in the Bahamas or that Bahamians were not as sophisticated and would never discover what he may have possibly done?

    Also when Anna was grieving when she talked about Danny, she was breaking down in sobs and was emotionally overcome with grief. Howard just sat there emotionless. To me, that appears to be another body language hint that makes me think that there is a lot more than meets the eye that is going on with Howard-especially emotionally.
    Another thing I find strange is the fact that Howard won’t submit himself to a paternity test. Why not? If anyone is sure that they are the father they would gladly oblige so that they could be done with all of the speculation and focus their energy on caring for their child. But not Howard.! Is that because he is clearly NOT the father? This little baby in no way resembles Howard? To me the baby looks more like Larry Birkhold. Whomever the father is-it seems to me that it is not Howard’s. He acts too evasive.
    Another point which I found very chilling after watching the ET interview was that when he was crying what I believe to be his alligator tears, one of the producers came up to him and hugged him. If someone was truly that distraught they would have responded and clung on to the person and responded to their tactile kindness no matter if they were male or female. Howard did not do that. He was pulling away as if to say—” look get away from me . I’m not really that upset.”

    The only thing that Howard may seem upset about is that his master plan to legally marry Anna Nichole fell through. He perhaps thought that he could keep her sedated and messed up just long enough for her to say “I DO” and then he would have TOTAL control not only of her but of her multi millions and TOTAL control of the baby!
    But it all backfired on him. She couldn’t hang on to life that long. She checked out earlier than he anticipated. Even the policemen and the firemen on the scene possibly knew that something was suspicious with Howard when he fell to his knees and wailed. They did not even comfort him. That is what policemen and firemen are trained to do—comfort people during times of extreme emotional distress. Instead they left him alone and just watched what they may have felt was his charade. They just waited until he finished with his seeming theatrics so that they could proceed and ask him questions. Evidently, they too must have read Howard’s body language that something was just not right as far as what happened to Anna Nichole and his possible involvement.

    Dr. Lillian Glass......February 22,2007

    I read this again last night. She was able to read early on about Howard..Very interesting

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/07/2007 11:40:39 PM PST · 2,786 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to nature

    HOUSTON — Anna Nicole Smith’s mother is suing a Houston television station, CBS Studios Inc., and Howard K. Stern, the late Playboy playmate’s lawyer and former companion.

    In her libel lawsuit, Virgie Arthur says Stern arranged an Entertainment Tonight interview in which Smith said her mother was complicit in sexual and physical abuse Smith suffered as a child.

    The program aired in Houston on Feb. 14 on KPRC Channel 2, an NBC affiliate. CBS Studios produces the program.

    Smith died a week before the program aired.

    The lawsuit claims that Stern isolated Smith from her family, and controlled who Smith could see and what public appearances she could make. After Arthur expressed concern over the safety of Smith and her daughter, Dannielynn, Stern cut off contact with Arthur and retaliated by arranging the Entertainment Tonight interview, the lawsuit says.

    In the interview, the lawsuit alleges, Smith is “shown speaking the words, “All the beatings and whippings. That’s my mother. That’s my mom.” Onscreen graphics of the words “hatred” and “allegations of abuse” were shown as Smith talked.

    Arthur, who lives in Montgomery County just north of Houston, also says Stern, KPRC and CBS subjected her to public hatred and contempt by injuring her reputation. Before the interview aired, the lawsuit claims, Arthur “enjoyed a reputation as a caring, honest and law-abiding retired peace officer.”

    In court documents, CBS Studios denied all the allegations in the lawsuit, saying Arthur had been the subject of other critical reports that had already affected her reputation.

    KPRC also filed court documents denying the allegations. It maintained that the station was improperly included in the lawsuit because it acted as a “mere conduit” that aired a program obtained from a satellite feed.

    Lin Wood, the attorney for Stern, called the lawsuit frivolous and an attempt by Arthur “to harass and intimidate” his client.

    “Anna Nicole Smith’s comments in the broadcast at issue were true and were her comments only,” said Wood. “Mr. Stern and the other defendants had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with those comments.”

    Arthur originally filed the lawsuit last month in Harris County district court, but it was transferred this week to Houston federal court.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/07/2007 3:59:01 PM PST · 2,760 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Rte66

    Larry: I still dream of Anna

    Bringing Dannielynn home for the first time “was the happiest day of my life,” Larry Birkhead tells In Touch in an exclusive interview. But even the joy of raising his 14-month-old daughter won’t stop Larry from mourning the loss of her mother, Anna Nicole Smith, who died in February.

    “I miss everything about her. I dream of her almost every night. I can almost hear her voice during the day when I am making decisions for Dannielynn,” Larry says. “It’s extremely hard for me to deal with because I miss her so much.”

    Read Larry’s entire exclusive interview in the latest In Touch.

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/07/2007 1:06:25 PM PST · 2,732 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to nature

    Virgie Arthur, the mother of former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith, has filed a libel lawsuit against a Houston TV station, CBS Studios Inc. and the late model’s former companion, Howard K. Stern.

    The suit alleges that Stern arranged for Smith to appear in an Entertainment Tonight interview where the model stated that Arthur was complicit in Smith’s childhood physical and sexual abuse. The lawsuit says the program aired on KPRC Channel 2 in Houston on Feb. 14, a week after Smith died at the age of 39.

    CBS Studios produces the program, which is broadcast locally on KPRC, an NBC affiliate.

    The statements have threatened Arthur’s ability to obtain custody and visitation rights for her granddaughter, Dannielynn, the suit alleges.

    Arthur, who lives in Montgomery County, also accuses Stern, KPRC and CBS of exposing her to public humiliation by trampling her reputation as a “caring, honest and law-abiding retired peace officer.”

    The case, originally filed last month in Harris County district court, was transferred this week to Houston federal court.

    Lawyers for KPRC said in court documents that the station has been improperly included in the case because it merely aired a satellite feed, had no “involvement in the reporting, production or content of the program” and “had no knowledge of the alleged defamatory statements.”

    Lawyers for KPRC and CBS asked for the case to be heard in federal court. Stern consented to that request.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/07/2007 1:56:00 AM PST · 2,671 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to nature

    Bald Truth Exclusive: Virgie Arthur “Defamers?” Those She Sued Fire Back: Stern, CBS, KPRC-TV: All Ask, How Can ANYONE Defame Virgie, LOL?
    By Art Harris, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved

    In another web exclusive, The Bald Truth has learned that Howard K. Stern, CBS Television and KPRC-TV in Houston have launched a triple legal broadside back at Virgie Arthur, and her Texas legal cowboys, denying all charges they conspired with her late daughter, Anna Nicole Smith, to defame, slander, trash or maim the reputation of a retired Texas deputy sheriff who thrust herself into the public eye.

    Indeed, the responses to her defamation suit, filed in Harris County, Texas and first obtained and posted here on www.artharris.com, question how anyone could do any more damage to Virgie Arthur’s public image than the late Playboy centerfold’s mother has already done to herself. Beyond Arthur’s public antics, the petitions argue that Anna Nicole’s mother reinvented herself as a public figure, cite truth as a defense and maintain that, as for CBS-TV, which owns Entertainment Tonight, no one arm-twisted Anna Nicole Smith to tell ET of her horrid childhood under Mama’s bigtop.

    Read and enjoy the legal rumble, as Howard K. Stern asks for a dismissal based on jurisdictional holes–he’s no native Texan, so not subject to Lonestar justice (whew), he argues; KPRC-TV of Houston says, hey, we only broadcast the ET interview of Anna, we didn’t produce it, so go smoke some more tumbleweed, pals; and, well, CBS argues all the above and more… and all demand not only her questionable defamation case be sent packing, but seek attorneys fees and maybe more.





  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/06/2007 2:08:19 PM PST · 2,581 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to PeskyOne
    You know I don’t know anything about him at all.He seems to report everything one sided as in anything in favor of Howard Stern. I think he used to work for CNN and was fired but don’t quote me on that. And there is no doult the tapes were doctored and Lincoln is on Stern’s payroll.I know that Lincoln was Art’s source in court for the inquest so guess that says alot..
  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/06/2007 1:30:26 PM PST · 2,577 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to SUN68RAY

    Breaking News: (TUNE IN AT 10pm eastern TONIGHT to ON THE RECORD/FNC…We will have the latest …there is so much more to this! )

    As you know, Rita Cosby was a colleague of mine here at FNC (she worked in NYC and I worked in DC.) A couple years ago she changed networks becoming an anchor at MS/NBC. Now that I have done the disclosures about Rita and Fox, now the news…and let me add one other thing: if I were Rita Cosby, I would be very, very, very worried. Here is the news:

    Federal Judge Denny Chin has just issued an order in the Howard K. Stern v. Rita Cosby and Hachette Book Group (her publisher.) The order could be devastating to Rita. You will learn all about it tonight ON THE RECORD at 10pm, but in the mean time, check out just a small portion of what the Federal Judge has to say:

    “…but I am sufficiently concerned about what I have heard on the recordings [note - the reference is to the recordings we played on ON THE RECORD of Rita Cosby and which Stern’s lawyers obviously gave the Federal Judge] – Cosby seemingly attempting to tamper with witnesses…..”

    It is the reference to tampering with witnesses which is alarming. Yes, Howard K. Stern’s suit against Rita and her publisher is a civil one (just about money), but the criminal defense attorney in me has my antenna up. While this is not evidence in a criminal court (merely one judge’s statement,) and Rita has not been charged with any crime, I think Rita could be in BIG trouble. Rita’s lawyers say the Judge only has part of the story….and that could make a giant difference….but we await hearing Rita’s side.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/06/2007 1:08:42 PM PST · 2,576 of 5,772
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    Bald Truth Exclusive: Stern Libel Suit Win! Federal Judge Grants Expedited Discovery; Says He’s Troubled By Rita Cosby Actions
    By Art Harris, (c) www.artharris.com all rights reserved

    In a world wide web exclusive, The Bald Truth has learned a New York federal judge Tuesday granted Howard K. Stern’s request for expedited discovery in his $60 million libel suit against author Rita Cosby, who wrote he engaged in a gay tryst on tape with Larry Birklhead.

    In his motion, obtained first by artharris.com and reported exclusively by ETonline, U.S. District Judge D. J. Chin says he ruled for Anna Nicole Smith’s executor after reviewing “substantial” and “troubling” evidence Cosby tried to “improperly influence witnesses,” when she flew to the Bahamas and offered to pay two nannies for an affidavit to support charges in her bestseller, Blonde Ambition, that Stern and Larry Birkhead had engaged in gay sex on a tape watched by the late Playboy centerfold. Both have denied they are gay and ever had sex.

    “Because Stern has presented substantial—indeed , troubling—evidence that Cosby has sought to improperly influence witnesses, the application is granted,” writes Judge Chin.

    In the dramatic 20-page motion, the judge says he’s reviewed transcripts of audiotapes secretly made of Cosby offering the nannies’ lawyer money for an affidavit, and interviews with representatives for the nannies who appeared on Larry King Live, Greta Van Sustern’s Fox talk show and other information.

    Ex-MSNBCer Rita Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, and stands by her book. In motions to the court, her attorney, Elizabeth McNamara says a different picture will emerge when all the facts are presented.

    In effect, Judge Chin’s motion orders that depositions be taken as fast as possible to preserve evidence and prevent any possible witness tampering by either party.

    “Stern’s application for expedited discovery is granted to the extent that expedited discovery is hereby allowed on the issue of whether Cosby attempted to interfere withy potential witnesses and the extent and nature of those alleged efforts,” writes Judge Chin.



  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/06/2007 12:07:08 PM PST · 2,574 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Sacajaweau

    The inquest has begun for the mysterious death of Daniel Smith, son of the late model and actress Anna-Nicole Smith. Don Clark, former head of the Houston FBI explains what the Bahamian inquest process entails. FOX 26 News


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/06/2007 12:03:34 AM PST · 2,549 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to nature

    I just don’t get it. How can you meet a person one time then write a book like you knew that person your whole life and then get your body redone and try your best to look like that person. Guess she needs to hire Howard and company and then she will have the complete package.

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/05/2007 11:53:02 PM PST · 2,547 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to PeskyOne

    Well I think your eyes are fine. Had to go look again at the pictures and I swear she really wants to be the next Anna.It started with her hair now her boobs her body guess next will be posing in Playboy. All she needs is a reality show and she will be good to go.

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/05/2007 11:45:24 PM PST · 2,546 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to PeskyOne

    New US Ambassador Arrives
    United States Ambassador designate to The Bahamas Ned Siegel arrived in the capital yesterday afternoon, weeks after the U.S. Government confirmed him in that position.
    United States Ambassador designate to The Bahamas Ned Siegel arrived in the capital yesterday afternoon, weeks after the U.S. Government confirmed him in that position.

    Mr. Siegel arrived at the Million Air airport with his wife Stephanie to take up a position that had been left vacant earlier in the year by his predecessor former Ambassador John D. Rood.

    Mr. Siegel is the 12th U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas after having been confirmed on September 12th.

    The former Florida real estate businessman has already vowed a focus on the vices of drug and human trafficking and other areas of critical bilateral concern between The Bahamas and the U.S.

    In his prepared statement before the U.S. Senate, Ambassador-designate Siegel affirmed his intention to support Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos to reduce drug and migrant trafficking through The Bahamas; look after the interests of the millions of American citizens who visit The Bahamas; prevent and respond to terrorism by working with the Government of The Bahamas to strengthen border security and promote prosperity in The Bahamas through expanded trade and investment.

    “The Bahamian public is broadly committed to the values that we as Americans hold dear – democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” Mr. Siegel said during his confirmation hearing.

    “These shared values provide a firm foundation to build a productive partnership, but it is up to the embassy to ensure that our message is heard and our actions are understood. If confirmed, my embassy team will step up efforts to explain, promote and defend U.S. policies and actions in order to build support for U.S. strategic goals in the region.”

    He also pledged a focus on promoting a greater public awareness of HIV/AIDS, encouraging a stronger Bahamian international role on human rights and democracy, and promote improved education.

    Mr. Siegel, who described the U.S. relations with The Bahamas as strong and vibrant, has also vowed to work to further improve United States efforts to work with The Bahamians to prevent and respond to terrorism.

    “The ties that bind our people and our governments are deeply rooted in family connections, business links, educational experiences, mutual travel and most importantly personal friendships,” Ambassador Siegel said when he arrived in Nassau.

    “I look forward to presenting my credentials to the Governor General. I look forward to working with the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I look forward to representing my country, and I look forward to further our common interest between our two countries.”

    Cruise ships, vacation resorts, passenger jets, and commercial shipping vessels could all become potential terrorist targets if not secured and screened, he said.

    Mr. Siegel noted that the Freeport Container Port is one of the largest in the world and one of the closest foreign ports to the United States.

    In 2004 the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Bahamas to include Freeport in the U.S. Megaports Initiative to screen U.S.-bound cargo for radiological materials. In 2006 a Memorandum of Understanding for a Container Security Initiative (CSI) was concluded.

    Through CSI, over 90 percent of the cargo moving through Freeport — one of the 25 busiest transshipment ports to the United States — will be screened and suspicious containers will be segregated and searched.

    Prior to beginning his career in real estate, Mr. Seigel first began practicing law. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Mitchell H. Cohen in the Federal District Court in Camden New Jersey before moving on to join the New Jersey law firm of Kimmelman, Wolff & Samson.

    U.S. President George Bush honoured Mr. Siegel in 2003 with a Presidential Appointment to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In 2006, President Bush appointed Mr. Siegel to serve as a Representative of the United States to the United Nations. The U.S. Ambassador designate is expected to soon present his letters of credence to the Governor General of The Bahamas His Excellence Arthur D. Hanna as is customary.

    Mr. Siegel and his wife Stephanie have three children.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/05/2007 11:29:41 PM PST · 2,544 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to SUN68RAY

    Back To Reality: Your Next TV Season

    The Surreal Death: Exactly like Surreal Life, except has-been B-listers are armed to the teeth with state-of-the-art weaponry. Only one is allowed to leave. Contestants: Michael Richards, Larry Birkhead, Jimmy Fallon, Mel Gibson, and everyone involved with the sitcom Two-and-a-Half Men. Host: Rebecca Gayheart

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/05/2007 10:50:16 PM PST · 2,543 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to PeskyOne

    She isn’t just any woman being wheeled into surgery; it’s the sister of the late Anna Nicole Smith! Donna Hogan’s big sister was one of the world’s most voluptuous beauties, and now with the help of plastic surgery, the resemblance between the look-alike sisters will be even more striking.

    Hogan is going under the knife to get breast implants just like Anna’s, and INSIDE EDITION joins the buxom beauty for her trip into the operating room.

    Hogan tells INSIDE EDITION that in no way is she trying to be her sister by going under the knife. The implants, she says, are for her. She says she inherited the same small breasts her sister had, and the implants are about wanting “to feel better about myself like (Anna) did.”

    At last the day has come, and a scared but excited Hogan is facing her fear of needles and getting the surgery she’s always wanted.

    The surgery lasts a full five hours! The operation lasts long enough for Dr. Steven Davis of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to do liposuction on her hips and thighs, in addition to the insertion of a large pair of breast implants.

    Hogan wakes up groggy, but grateful to the surgeon who’s given her a new body. Now, just four weeks after surgery, INSIDE EDITION reveals Donna Hogan’s brand new look. The surgery has transformed Hogan into a voluptuous beauty just like her big sister!

    Though Hogan says, “it hurt like hell!” She also says, “It was very, very worth it!”

    Is she trying to bring back Anna.....LOL


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/03/2007 11:04:55 PM PDT · 2,445 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Rte66

    LOS ANGELES - After he spent an hour describing a video of Anna Nicole Smith’s breast implant surgery, Thomas Riccio sensed FBI agents had little interest in hearing what he wanted to talk about next: O.J. Simpson’s plan to burst into a Las Vegas hotel room and recover items he believed were stolen from him.
    “They didn’t want to be involved in another weird celebrity case,” Riccio said the FBI agents told him. “They said call the police.”

    He did, Riccio said, and after they expressed little interest he helped Simpson carry out the Sept. 13 raid on a Las Vegas casino-hotel room that led to the former football star’s arrest.

    “I went along with O.J.’s plan,” the memorabilia dealer told The Associated Press on Friday. “It was a self-organized sting operation. Except for the final result, with him bringing people who had guns. I knew nothing about that.”

    FBI reports obtained by The Associated Press on Friday confirm Riccio did indeed talk to the agency about Simpson’s plans. But the confrontation that would unfold the following month was described in generic terms, with no details on where and when it would occur, who would be involved or how it would unfold, according to the documents.

    to the FBI, Riccio was advised to contact a lawyer before taking any action and was warned that alerting the agency would not absolve him of any potential crime.
    FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller also said Riccio did not indicate a crime would be committed.

    Simpson, 60, and five other men were arrested after storming the Las Vegas hotel room to seize items that were believed to include family photos and the suit Simpson wore the day he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.

    Las Vegas Police Detective Andy Caldwell, the investigator handling the case, said the FBI did not alert his department before the confrontation between Simpson and collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.

    “They contacted us afterward and provided us with the documentation,” Caldwell told the AP.

    Simpson is charged with an assortment of felonies including armed robbery and kidnapping. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week in Las Vegas.

    Defense lawyer Mark Geragos, who’s not involved in the case, said the FBI reports help Simpson’s case because they support his contention that he wanted to retrieve his memorabilia.

    “For a defendant it doesn’t get better in a state case than this,” Geragos said. “This whole case goes to his state of mind and this is the best evidence you could get.”


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/03/2007 10:14:40 AM PDT · 2,423 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to sodpoodle

    CANOGA PARK - On Sunday, Juliana Martinez will immortalize Anna Nicole Smith with a girly altar decorated in shades of pink.

    The Canoga Park woman wants people to remember Anna Nicole as a sultry Guess jeans girl - not the drug addicted sex symbol whose life spiraled out of control.

    Martinez will honor Smith at a daylong celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), an annual Latino celebration where the living symbolically pass time - even party — with the souls of the dead who return each year to visit and be entertained.

    “I mean this in a totally respectful way,” she said as she sifted through items that will be used for an altar. “I just want to protect her from somebody else who might want to abuse her memory.”

    Martinez, 53, is among dozens who will erect altars, or ofrendas (offerings), to welcome the returning souls at Sunday’s seventh annual event.

    Main Street Canoga Park, a nonprofit, community-based organization, established the festival, with the assistance of the Community Redevelopment Agency in 2001.

    The Anna Nicole Smith altar will be decked out in pink marigolds, pink-dyed rice, a headless mannequin dressed in a pink satin dress, a pink martini glass filled with pink M&M’s, black roses and pictures of the blonde bombshell.

    “I’m not a fan,” Martinez said. “When she was on TV I looked at her and said `poor thing.’ You should give her the respect you would to anyone who passed away.”


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/03/2007 12:52:15 AM PDT · 2,395 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to SUN68RAY

    For those who can’t get enough of the Debra Opri’s dogfight against Larry Birkhead, we offer The Court Documents detailing the judge’s recent rejection of all 25 grounds Larry’s ex-attorney offered as reasons why her fee dispute should be arbitrated, rather than go to trial.

    Sorry, Ms. Opri, said the judge, upholding his earliar ruling, but he expects to see you in court for a pre-trial conference Dec. 20 to set the stage for a jury trial to settle the $620,000 legal bill you sent Larry, and how much you may get to keep, if anything.




  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/03/2007 12:06:51 AM PDT · 2,390 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to nature

    An ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith who is serving a six-year sentence for making criminal threats against her wants a piece of her inheritance, according to documents filed with Los Angeles Superior Court.

    Mark Hatten, who lists his current address as the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, dated Smith in 2000 but was later found guilty of threatening her with a knife and assaulting one of her neighbors. He was acquitted of stalking her.

    He filed his claim Wednesday in Superior Court.

    Repeated calls Friday to his representatives were not returned.

    Hatten’s Web site says he is writing a memoir entitled “Hollywood Bad Boy: Sex, Drugs, and Anna Nicole.”

    Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. He died in 1995.

    The reality TV star and former Playboy Playmate of the Year had fought Marshall’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune from his death until her own death earlier this year.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    11/01/2007 11:05:30 AM PDT · 2,246 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to toldyou

    Larry Birkhead says he’s no press whore.
    In fact, he tells Radar, it’s his former attorney Debra Opri who has tried to strong-arm him into paying an alleged $620,000 debt to her by appearing on an “Oprah-like” show with her and his daughter Dannielynn.

    “She won’t be happy until I’m sitting on the couch with Oprah and my daughter saying I owe her everything,” Birkhead says in an exclusive to Radar. “We’ll just go take it to court and see who wins.”

    The bio-dad of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s baby insists he spent thousands in mediation trying to work out a settlement with Opri but that the negotiations came down to him declaring publicly that he owed her everything, including the custody of his daughter. “My child is very healthy and happy, no thanks to her. My DNA tests were ordered into the Bahamas, and she still wants to take all the credit for it.”

    Opri calls the claim a “ridiculous Larry Birkhead ploy” and denies that she ever tried to get Birkhead to appear on a talk show with Dannielynn. She accuses him of violating the confidentiality of a mediation. “He and his attorney want to make a circus out of this,” says Opri, whose original payment deal with Birkhead was based on him being paid for media agreements. On the flip side, Birkhead has filed against her with the Bar Association, saying she’s leaked info on his case. Both have spoken to the press to accuse each other of, well, seeking press (often while simultaneously claiming that they try and avoid the press, as both parties have claimed to Radar).

    “I lost a lot of time when I didn’t have my child. My first job is to be a father,” Birkhead tells Radar. Reports of his pending daddy-and-me reality show are overblown, he adds, adding that he’s committed to nothing. “I turned down rappin’ with the stars [Celebrity Rap Challenge] and some of these things they approached me with,” including a slasher flick script, he says, in which “maybe someone would like to have me killed in the first minute or two.”

    Larry Birkhead says he’s no press whore. Had to laugh on that one..

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/30/2007 5:22:34 PM PDT · 2,147 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Jane Austen

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ Anna Nicole Smith’s mother said Tuesday that she hopes an inquest into the death of her 20-year-old grandson will lead to justice as a Nassau court gathered potential jury members to hear the case.

    Virgie Arthur, who flew to the Bahamas for the long-delayed proceedings, has suggested foul play contributed to Daniel Smith’s death last year from a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.

    ”I hope this starts the process of justice,” Arthur told reporters as she entered the courthouse.

    The Bahamian Coroner’s Court needs a seven-member jury to explore whether the death of the former Playboy playmate’s son was accidental, suicide or perhaps even a homicide. More than a dozen potential jurors arrived Tuesday, but it was unclear when jury selection might begin.

    Authorities did not allow journalists into the courtroom, citing a lack of space in the same room that accommodated much larger groups of reporters during earlier sessions.

    Daniel Smith died Sept. 10, 2006, as he visited his mother three days after she gave birth in a Nassau hospital to her daughter, Dannielynn.

    Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida on Feb. 8 at age 39 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, including the painkiller methadone and a powerful sleep aid.

    In February, Arthur claimed in a television interview that Smith’s boyfriend-turned-attorney Howard K. Stern played a role in both deaths, but she did not provide evidence.

    Stern has feuded with Arthur over issues including the grandmother’s access to Dannielynn and the burial location for Anna Nicole Smith. As the executor of the late reality TV star’s will, he filed papers last month to make Dannielynn the sole beneficiary of Smith’s estate, which stands to inherit millions from the oil fortune of her late husband J. Howard Marshall II.

    The inquest had been delayed by a challenge from Stern’s legal team, which wants jurors to take a questionnaire to test for possible bias. Stern did not attend the session Tuesday.

    An attorney for Arthur, Neil McCabe, said he hopes the probe will clarify whether anyone bears responsibility for Daniel’s death.

    ”We have our own ideas and our own suspicions. We just hope the inquest will get to the bottom of this,” McCabe said.

    Stern, who came to the Bahamas with Smith last year, has been living in the waterfront home they shared and initially claimed he was the father of her infant daughter. He gave up custody last spring after DNA tests proved Smith’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead is the father.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/30/2007 3:33:39 PM PDT · 2,144 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Rte66

    You never know what is going to happen in a day in the life of ME. Today I got an invite via my day job at Pappas to meet Rita Cosby tonight at ONE Sunset in WeHo. She is promoting her book she wrote about Anna Nicole Smith.

    A few weeks ago there was a lot of hubbub around her book because in it she outs Larry and Howard as gay lovers. Then Howard fired back that he was going to sue the pants off of her for slander. Since then Howard did an interview on Larry King explaining away all the allegations of him recording Anna in that awful clown make up as well as the now infamous death pictures that have been turning up on the web. Geraldo then did a story proving that Howard is a big fat liar and now more proof has come to light that Anna took over 8,000 pills over the course of six weeks. Experts are saying that no one could take that many pills without assistance from someone else giving it to them.

    So who is more wrong? Rita for writing a book that has sources like hotel employees quoted in her book. Or Howard for being a blatant liar and a certain enabler of a deeply troubled drug addict? What an awful mess!!

    So what do I ask this woman? I have to interview her in a few hours. I need help coming up with good questions. Talk to me people!!!


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/30/2007 12:10:30 PM PDT · 2,138 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Sacajaweau

    Well the Bahamas inquest is here. Will there be justice for Anna Nicole Smiths beloved son Daniel ? With over a year passing and witnesses memories fading as well as many witnesses who are now scared about being sued by Howard Stern’s lawyer Lin Wood, justice seems far away in the Bahamas. I have received many e-mails from readers that seem to think that the Bahamian government will give us justice. I am sorry, but I don’t think so. Americans are not safe in the Bahamas. We are only the dumb Americans that spend twelve dollars on a Margarita. They could care less about crimes against the American visitors. Self serving Bahamians like Lincoln Bain only care about milking Americans for money and publicity.
    Anna Nicole Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur said Today that she hopes an inquest into the death of her 20-year-old grandson will lead to justice as a Nassau court gathered potential jury members to hear the case. Sorry Virgie, I don’t think so. Virgie Arthur, who flew to the Bahamas for the long-delayed proceedings, has suggested foul play contributed to Daniel Smith’s death last year from a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.I hope this starts the process of justice, Arthur told reporters as she entered the courthouse. The Bahamian Coroner’s Court needs a seven-member jury to explore whether the death of the former Playboy playmate’s son was accidental, suicide or perhaps even a homicide. More than a dozen potential jurors arrived Tuesday, but it was unclear when jury selection might begin. Daniel Smith died Sept. 10, 2006, as he visited his mother three days after she gave birth in a Nassau hospital to her daughter, Dannielynn. Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida on Feb. 8 at age 39 from an overdose of prescription drugs, including the painkiller methadone and a powerful sleep aid. In February, Arthur claimed in a television interview that Smith’s boyfriend-turned-attorney Howard K. Stern played a role in both deaths, but she did not provide evidence. The inquest had been delayed by a challenge from Stern’s legal team, which wants jurors to take a questionnaire to test for possible bias. Stern did not attend the session today. Meanwhile author Rita Cosby continues to stand by her New York Times best selling book ‘Blonde Ambition’ The Untold Story Of Anna Nicole Smith. It seems so many things in Cosby’s book are coming true and I doubt if we would be getting so many answers if it wasn’t for this book. Indeed Cosby’s book is forcing action to be taken everywhere. But I guess we will have to wait again, as the Bahamians have now postponed the case till Nov. 19th. Their excuse, a hurricane is coming the the islands Wednesday. A 19 day hurricane ? The Bahamian government is a joke !


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/30/2007 11:45:26 AM PDT · 2,136 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to All

    Tonight, I sat back and watched as Jane Devin’s website, one of my personal favorites, closed up shop. Jane says she’s writing a novel, and while I’m sure she is, I also think that the Internet Crazies took their toll on what had to be one of the most intelligent and compelling writers in cyberspace.

    I was introduced to Jane’s writing when I became engrossed in the story of Anna Nicole Smith’s death. While I was never a fan of Smith’s, and never understood how she made it to even D-List status in her post-Guess days, the story of her death, and Howard K. Stern’s role in her life, fascinated me. And I suppose that not unlike many Americans, I was titillated by the media’s constant coverage.

    I soon found http://janedevin.com/ online, and it was like finding a gem in a pig pen. Jane sorted out the issues one by one and made sense of the senseless. Most of all, her writings made me really think about things, not just about the story at hand, but about bigger, more universal things and the logic behind them.

    And then, just as Jane’s site was soaring, the first batch of internet crazies hit. In some convoluted multi-site drama that would leave Einstein shaking his head, Jane was sent a copy of an email, written by a lady named Rose, and copied to Stern’s attorneys, that called her a media whore, a “wannabe”, and accused her of plagiarism. Jane had no prior dealings with Rose; they were only both occasional contributors to another site, http://annanicoleandhowardkstern.com/, which is run by a lady named QV. The accusations were wild and untrue, and anybody that read Jane’s site would have known that.

    Rose, it turns out, was leaving one site and starting her own. She wanted to be, and with Bonnie Stern’s (Howard’s sister) blessing was (it was later learned), the online “legal liason” for Howard. She and partner Havana collected research from QV’s posters and put it together for Stern’s attorneys. When Havana, Rose, and QV had a falling out, Rose and Havana started their own site, called Rose Speaks / Havana’s Home. (Weird title, really. It makes me think of a woman at a podium, and a little girl kneeling at her feet, finally “home” when Mama talks).

    However, it wasn’t enough to go on an email campaign to destroy QV, their new enemy, they also decided to try to destroy Jane through their blog. Rose & Havana wrote a post that repeated their accusations. And Jane, who’d been silent on her own site about the issue, apparently trying to handle it through email, eventually blogged right back, denying the accusations and, in typical Jane fashion, pointed out how illogical they were. Rose then posted a whole bunch of things about the law of the internet, and in one of those posts intimated legal action was forthcoming:

    Jane got blasted all over again, but she didn’t respond and eventually things seemed to die down. Until Bonnie Stern lied to her.

    Jane was in email contact with Bonnie, and Bonnie knew about the accusations Rose & Havana had made. She even knew that Rose had misrepresented a letter of appreciation that was sent to her by Bonnie. In that letter, Bonnie said she was sorry that “so much greed had to come to this.” She was talking about the greed of O’Quinn and Vergie. Rose, trying to obliterate Jane, said that Bonnie was talking about Jane’s greed. Jane, the unpaid writer, who wrote dozens of articles about Howard’s unfair treatment by the media? It was outrageous.

    Anyway, Jane did not want to have anything to do with Rose & Havana or their site. She dealt, instead, with Bonnie. One day, she wrote Bonnie an email and said she had some research to forward. . .who should she send it to?

    Bonnie wrote back and said stormdncr@gmail.com, and told Jane this was the email address of “the legal liasons” for Howard K. Stern. Jane thought it was odd that legal professionals would have such an email address, so she researched it. She googled (as you can too) “stormdncr” and found the email address was attached to Rose and her husband’s D/s (Dominant/submissive) lifestyle. She also received a letter from that address, sent to an online researcher, that was signed “Howard K. Stern’s Legal Liason Team.”

    Jane was not happy that Bonnie was dishonest with her, but more she was amazed at the short-sightedness of those involved in defending Howard. Jane basically said (again through emails) Look, I don’t care what kind of lifestyle people have, but don’t you think signing letters “Howard K. Stern’s Legal Liason Team” from an account linked with BDSM is just a bad idea?

    Most people would have gotten that without further explanation. Most people, but not Bonnie. Not Rose, or Havana, and apparently not Ben Erwin from Lin Wood’s office.

    And Jane, in trying to defend logic and propriety, ended up taking it in the jaw again. This time because others, who were also researching the connection between the email address, found evidence of several “lifestyle” sites owned by Rose and hubby, and posted them on Jane’s board. Jane removed those links and the info, but not in time to prevent another attack.

    It’s been a few months now, but I was one of the ones who looked at the registrations for the four sites, all hosted at the time on one server, and all registered with Domains by Proxy, and I have to say that it definitely appeared at the time that they were all owned by the self-same people. (Some registrations have since been changed, so who knows?) Rose, however, denied owning the two that contained pornography. The other sites she does claim are a non-porn “fantasy-type” D/s site, and one that aims to support victims of abuse in the BDSM lifestyle.

    In any case, Rose once again blogged about something that should have been kept to email, and her defense was really off the mark. Instead of addressing the issue of why a D/s email addy was being linked to “Howard K. Stern’s Legal Liasons”, she went on about civil rights and freedom and lifestyle, conveniently turning the matter into one of prudishness vs. sexual freedom.

    But it didn’t end there. Nope. Rose then blogged about how she had won the support of Ben Erwin against Jane.

    The same Jane who once received a letter of support from Howard’s mother. The professional writer who helped rally logical troops to fight the media that was convicting Stern in the press. Yep, this is the one who dug up the stepbrother of Anna’s no one else could find, and who painstakingly researched every article she wrote.

    And who are Rose & Havana? Well Rose is a lady from Texas, who once said she worked for a telecommunications company, but who has been too sick to work for several years. Her side-kick, Havana, from Canada, also has no career.

    It was sickening to watch, and it was soon after this that Jane decided she’d had enough. She would wrap up her Stern coverage and move on to other topics.

    Very interesting read......

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/27/2007 5:58:33 PM PDT · 1,928 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to nature

    In another world wide web exclusive, The Bald Truth has obtained the first round of fiery motions in the $60 million libel suit suit Howard K. Stern filed against author Rita Cosby and her publisher over salacious charges in her book about Anna Nicole Smith, “Blonde Ambition.”

    While Stern has charged Cosby tried to “influence the testimony of two witnesses in this case,” the nannies who worked for the late Playboy centerfold, and fears evidence may vanish and other witnesses may be tampered with unless depositions are taken fast, the author’s lawyer dismisses the need for speedy discovery.

    In her opposition, respected attorney Elizabeth McNamara argues Stern “fails to articulate good cause for this court to deviate from” standard rules of discovery.

    But Stern’s aggressive lawyer, Lin Wood, in a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, insists audiotapes made of Cosby discussing payments to the nannies offer “good cause for … limited expedited discovery” of Cosby’s “attempts to interfere with potential witnesses” in the libel case.

    Wood cites the audiotape transcripts secretly made of Cosby discussing payment as proof something was rotten in Nassau, and that the tapes show “Cosby offered to pay two critical fact witnesses” for an affadavit in support of her reporting that never did include interviews with them earlier.

    See filings we have obtained first here:





    “With such clear intent, the question then becomes to what extent did Cosby attempt to influence other fact witnesses and to what extent did Cosby attempt to influence other fact witnesses, and…attempted to illegally shape or stymie discovery of the truth,” writes Wood in his reply to support expedited discovery. “Cosby’s actions have potentially compromised both the integrity of the judicial process…and Stern’s right to a fair trial.”

    Wood is asking that Stern “may immediately depose Cosby on the limited topic of her attempts to influence” the nannies, but reserve the right to question her further on other aspects of the case later.

    But McNamara says speeding up the process would not just create a “sideshow,” but be costly and slow down the six month schedule the judge has laid down as a timetable for all discovery to be completed.

    Beyond that, she attaches transcripts of audiotapes Cosby made of the nannies’ PR man, Lincoln Bain, who made damning tapes of the ex-MSNBCer attempting to pay the nannies for an affadavit. In a sort of dueling tapes, McNamara says Cosby’s tapes were aired on FOX News on October 15 and show Bain contradicts himself and should not be trusted.

    There’s also the implied issue of criminality. If Stern is charging Cosby broke the law by attempting to influence potential witnesses and the case is ever investigated by law enforcment authorities in the U.S. or the Bahamas, anything she says in even limited discovery could be used against her. In other words, if the judge allows speedy discovery before all the issues and facts are determined, McNamara appears to be suggesting her client might be forced to plead the 5th under questioning by Wood, if it ever gets that far.

    The publisher also files a brief in support of Cosby.

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/25/2007 9:43:52 PM PDT · 1,799 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Rte66

    Debra Opri’s bid to collect from Larry Birkhead is still a no go.

    The judge who earlier rejected the attorney’s petition to enter arbitration with her ex-client in order to recoup what she says is $620,000 in unpaid legal fees seconded his own motion on Thursday, saying he won’t take new evidence into consideration.

    “There are no new facts, circumstances or law,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles C. Lee, who ruled on Sept. 6 that Opri’s contract with Birkhead did not call for binding arbitration, wrote in a two-page opinion. “The declarations provided by [Opri] could have been supplied earlier in a timely fashion, but were not.”

    The beleaguered family attorney, who’s been fired more than once this year (by Pamela Bach after she lost custody of her kids to David Hasselhoff and, most recently, by Jermaine Jackson), maintains there was a provision calling for arbitration in her and Birkhead’s retainer agreement.

    Opri’s attorney, David B. Owen, said he’ll appeal Lee’s decision.

    Opri filed her original complaint on May 29, stating Birkhead still owed her for the six months of work—including extensive travel and numerous company man hours—she put in helping him build his paternity case against Anna Nicole Smith.

    After Opri went after him, Birkhead responded with a countersuit for fraud and legal malpractice, in which he claimed the L.A.-based attorney racked up an array of frivolous expenses while she was engaged in all that tiresome legal wrangling and then stuck him with the bill.

    The two parted ways in March, about a month before DNA tests proved Birkhead was the biological father of Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn.

    Birkhead has said Opri offered to represent him pro bono, suggesting the publicity from the case would be all the payment she’d need, and he accused her of hanging onto the better portion of $870,000 he received for media appearances in the aftermath of Smith’s death.

    The Kentucky-born photographer petitioned successfully in June (his request was granted in July) to have Opri’s client trust account frozen until the battle over their bill has been settled.

    Birkhead’s attorney, Michael L. Trope, said Thursday that the latest ruling paves the way for his client to take Opri to trial and ask for punitive damages, and that he hopes to depose Opri soon.

    A status conference was set for Dec. 20.

    Opri has already returned the litigious favor, however. She sued Birkhead for fraud and defamation last month, accusing him of “engaging in a malicious and relentless media campaign to discredit me and to destroy my reputation,” after he said in an interview that Opri fed tell-all writer Rita Cosby info for her book about Smith, Blonde Ambition.

    The inflammatory tome claims Birkhead and Howard K. Stern were romantically involved and conspired to get control over the late Playmate’s estate.

    “It is clear now that Mr. Birkhead’s attempts to discredit me concerned what I knew and what might be exposed publicly...and not a legal bill,” Opri said in a statement. The $200,000 in damages she’s asking for will go toward the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, she added.

    Meanwhile, Stern has filed a $60 million defamation suit against Cosby, with all proceeds going toward the National Organization Against Creeping People Out for Profit.

    Wow never heard of creeping people out for profit


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/25/2007 7:04:52 PM PDT · 1,793 of 5,772
    SUN68RAY to Lizarde

    LOS ANGELES—Larry Birkhead’s ex-lawyer has filed a lawsuit claiming Birkhead attempted to damage her reputation by making defamatory remarks.
    Debra Opri’s lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Birkhead of falsely claiming in a CNN interview with Larry King that she was a source for the book “Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death.”

    The book, written by journalist Rita Cosby, claims Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s 1-year-old daughter, Dannielynn, worked with Howard K. Stern, Smith’s lawyer and companion, to manipulate the media and maximize profits after Smith died.

    Opri denies providing information to Cosby. She contends his remarks were “planned and malicious.”

    Birkhead’s attorney, Michael Trope, said Tuesday he hadn’t seen the lawsuit, but added that “the truth is a defense.”

    “What Larry (Birkhead) said about her on the Larry King show is true,” he said.

    The lawsuit claims defamation, fraud and other allegations, and seeks damages, including about $200,000 Opri says she spent to hire a crisis management firm to “salvage” her reputation.

    Birkhead and Opri also are locked in a separate court battle over legal bills from the Smith paternity case.

    In December, a Los Angeles judge ruled in Birkhead’s favor in the paternity case, and a DNA test later revealed that he was the father of Smith’s daughter.

    Is this another law suit???

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    10/25/2007 5:34:15 PM PDT · 1,778 of 5,772
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    Here is some information about Rita’s lawyer...

    Named as one of “America’s Leading Media & Entertainment Lawyers” by Chambers USA and one of New York’s Top 50 Women Super Lawyers and First Amendment/Media Lawyers


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    10/25/2007 12:14:36 PM PDT · 1,730 of 5,772
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    Bald Truth Exclusive: Larry Birkhead Wins Again; Judge Orders Debra Opri: Get Ready For Trial!
    By Art Harris, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved

    In a world wide web exclusive, The Bald Truth has learned Larry Birkhead has once again won another round against his fired attorney Debra Opri to have their fee dispute settled in front of a jury, not arbitration.

    “In layman’s terms,” Birkhead attorney Michael A. Trope told me in an exclusive interview Thursday morning after beating back Opri’s lawyers in Los Angeles Superior Court , “we asked for a jury trial. There was a hearing on that and the judge ruled that was the proper thing to do. Opri didn’t like that decision, so they filed a motion to ask the court to think about their previous ruling again, and today the court denied their request.”

    Debra Opri could not be reached for comment, but her attorney, David Owen, told Trope he planned to appeal. Again?

    The first pre-trial hearing was set for December 20.

    Asked why Opri was so adamant to arbitrate, Trope believes she’s trying to avoid testifying under oath. “If there’s an arbitration, she wouldn’t have to testify in an open courtroom under oath,” says Trope. “I believe the real reason she wants to avoid a jury trial is she’s desperate to avoid me examining her under oath regarding her conduct in front of a jury of her peers.”


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    10/25/2007 10:07:10 AM PDT · 1,696 of 5,772
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    EmailPrintPreview: No two ‘dead’ shows are alike
    Thursday, October 25, 2007
    By Rosa Colucci, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Q: What do Yvonne De Carlo, Anna Nicole Smith, Don Ho, Beverly Sills, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingmar Bergman, Merv Griffin, Leona Helmsley, Jane Wyman, Marcel Marceau, Teresa Brewer and Joey Bishop have in common?

    A: They’re all celebrities who died this year and may be coming back to life on Saturday night at the Rex Theatre.

    For 15 years, local performers have been staging a one-night-only tongue-in-cheek musical extravaganza called “Night of the Singing Dead.”

    The show is the accidental brainchild of Carl Grefenstette, owner of Pittsburgh Guitars. “Our band, The Flashcats, played constantly, and one year we decided to do a Halloween-themed show with dead musicians making an appearance. It was a big hit and just grew from there.”

    Night of the Singing Dead #15 and ‘A-Scary-can Idol’
    Where: Rex Theatre, South Side.
    When: 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors open) Saturday.
    Tickets: $13 at door, 412-381-9200 or check the Web site.

    Every year, a theme evolves based on entertainment news. “We’ve never done the same show twice. This year, we’ve based it on ‘American Idol’ and we’ll have a panel of judges critiquing the performances just like the TV show,” Grefenstette said.

    Local celebs trying to win the “judges approval” this year include Steve Hansen and Larry Richert from KDKA, Monte and Zeke, Carol Lee Espy, Rob Rogers, Maggie Stewart, Ron “Moondog” Esser, Susie Barber and Rick Applegate.

    Grefenstette has the enviable job of producing the show and deciding in what order the acts will perform. “I love that we have the ability to use really cheesy props. Last year, Shelly Winters died. We had her character singing ‘The Morning After’ hanging upside-down from a sinking ship.”

    Other memorable performances from last year included a “Hee-Haw” segment that closed the show and featured three country greats that passed to the other side last year — Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and Tammy Wynette.

    Besides the props, the band is also stellar. Joining Grefenstette on drums are Scott Johnson on bass; Al Stidle and Rich Dugan on guitars, and Bill Ferchak on keyboard. Betsy Gerson and Amy Ferchak round out the band with their background vocals.

    Grefenstette said that years of doing the show has had an effect on his voice-mail. “As soon as a colorful celebrity dies, everyone calls to tell me.”

    One of the things that has changed over the years is that in the beginning they impersonated only dead rock stars. Now, colorful well-known celebrities (Anna Nicole Smith, Tammy Faye Messner) who have passed are also included in the lineup.

    Something does always stay the same, though. “It’s always a blast, people are dying to get in the show ... you can quote me on that.”

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/25/2007 9:54:12 AM PDT · 1,691 of 5,772
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    Home About Lawyer for Smith’s Baby Wants Payment
    October 24th, 2007

    MIAMI (AP) — The attorney who represented Anna Nicole Smith’s infant daughter in the rancorous dispute over the starlet’s body is seeking nearly $200,000 for his work.

    Richard Milstein served as the court-appointed guardian ad litem for Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead. He has filed paperwork in state court in Broward County seeking $198,493.98 from a trust set up in Dannielynn’s name.

    Attorneys for the girl’s father, Larry Birkhead, and Smith’s longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, say Milstein’s bill would exhaust nearly the entirety of an estimated $200,000 remaining in the trust, though the girl could eventually inherit millions more.

    Besides acting as Dannielynn’s representative in a Fort Lauderdale court, Milstein also helped coordinate funeral arrangements for Smith.

    “This representation required the guardian ad litem to devote significantly all of his professional and personal time and attention to the interests of Dannielynn for a period in excess of two weeks,” Milstein argued in his petition.

    He did not return a phone call Monday seeking additional comment.

    The matter is scheduled for a hearing Nov. 8, but attorneys for Birkhead, Stern and Smith’s mother have already opposed.

    “It is unconscionable for a trust established for a baby to be billed at a large firm hourly rate,” wrote attorneys for Birkhead and Stern. They also said the Playboy model’s mother, Virgie Arthur, should pay at least part of the bill, which the mother’s attorney called ridiculous.

    Lawyer Stephen Tunstall did find common ground with Birkhead and Stern in his objection to Milstein’s accounting. He said the guardian ad litem “went wild” in generating a bill.

    Smith, who died Feb. 8 in a Hollywood hotel, was the widow of Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. She had been fighting Marshall’s family for years over his estimated $500 million fortune, which could eventually go to Dannielynn.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/25/2007 9:52:07 AM PDT · 1,690 of 5,772
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    The “Mark” Howard Stern repeatedly referred to throughout the infamous “clown” video featuring Anna Nicole Smith obviously under the influence of something, most likely is Mark Schey, President and CEO of the creative agency 22Digital. Schey would take the footage shot by Stern and upload it to Anna’s site. He said it wasn’t uncommon for Howard to issue directions while filming.

    “It could have been something [Stern] intended to put on [her website]. He would give me instructions, ‘edit this, don’t do this,’” Schey tells Us, adding, “I’ve never seen that video, and had nothing to do with the filming of it. I never even got this tape.”

    Schey is “not sure” who was the man behind the camera, but says it “could” have been Stern.

    “I help put videos online – I had nothing to do with the production of them, and was not there when she filmed any of them,” Schey explains.

    When a snippet of the tape first emerged, Stern claimed it was stolen and the snippet was taken out of context. It’s apparant to most who viewed the tape that Howard knew Anna was on drugs and also planned on selling the video because he asks her if she’s on a “mushroom trip”: and tells her how the tape is worth money - while she asked why.

    Her partner Howard K. Stern can be overheard asking Smith if she is on a “mushroom trip” and giving direction to a colleague he calls “Mark.”

    At one point, Stern says, “This footage is worth money,” and instructs Smith to cover her right breast, which had popped out of her caftan. He then says, “You can’t show that, Mark.”

    On the tape, Stern and Smith are joined by the nine-year-old daughter of Smith’s former friend, Ford Shelley — whose father-in-law, G. Ben Thompson, owns the home where Smith was staying at the time — who was at the house for a playdate when the tape was shot. The child is overheard urging Stern to “Cut the tape off and help…” Later she pleads, “I think we need the hospital… Howard, seriously, please help!”

    Stern has claimed the tape, a small portion of which was broadcast earlier this year on Fox News Channel, was stolen.

    But last night on Geraldo, Shelley — who admitted he took the tape — shot back: “It’s funny to me that he said I stole something … I had a key to the house.”

    Shelley added that his daughter was “emotionally not good” after the incident.

    So why release it? “I want the truth to come out,” he told Rivera.

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/25/2007 9:45:43 AM PDT · 1,687 of 5,772
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    Bald Truth Exclusive: Debra Opri Back In Court Today
    By Art Harris, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved

    We’ve obtained, in another Bald Truth Exclusive, motions filed by Debra Opri against Larry Birkhead that lay out her strategy in court today, when she’s expected to ask the judge to take back what he already granted her–a speedy court date–and to reconsider her plea for arbitration, not hammering out her fee deal at some nasty trial.

    Also, the second motion has Birkhead’s interrogatories attached, along with admissions, production of documents and deposition. We’re betting Birkhead attorney Michael Trope has a few tricks up his sleeve, and will keep you posted how he responds.

    Opri’s moves are, as usual, as fascinating as a filibuster, and sketched out in our court docs below. Read on and let us know what you think.

    More to come.




  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/24/2007 11:45:01 PM PDT · 1,637 of 5,772
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    The Dana Pretzer Show on Scared Monkeys Radio - Wednesday, October 24th - Guests include Art Wood, Lisa Pinto and Don Clark
    October 24th, 2007 under Aruba, Missing Persons, Natalee Holloway, Podcasts, The Dana Pretzer Show.

    Art Wood, former Secret Service agent discussing the Natalee Holloway search.
    Lisa Pinto, former prosecutor, discussing “Is there justice in Hollywood or just Hollywood injustice?”
    Don Clark, former FBI agent discussing the Rita Cosby Investigation and Lincoln Bain

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/24/2007 9:02:42 PM PDT · 1,619 of 5,772
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    Maria Shriver Won’t Return to NBC News
    37 minutes ago

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Maria Shriver said she won’t resume her TV news career and the late Anna Nicole Smith is the reason why.

    Shriver, speaking Tuesday at a conference on women, said the media circus surrounding Smith’s accidental drug overdose death last February led to her decision.

    “It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I,” Shriver said. “I called NBC News and told them I’m not coming back.”

    Shriver took an extended leave from the network when husband Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for California governor in 2003. After his victory, she made two appearances as an anchor for “Dateline NBC.”

    In 2004, she announced she was leaving NBC News because she was unable to juggle her work as a journalist with her duties as California’s first lady.

    Shriver’s remarks Tuesday came during the annual California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women. Schwarzenegger, preoccupied by the wildfires sweeping Southern California, made only a brief appearance via satellite at the conference.

    He had been scheduled to take part in a discussion with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/24/2007 5:51:44 PM PDT · 1,601 of 5,772
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    Bald Truth Exclusive: Doctor Kris Goes To Court; Anna Nicole Shrink Erosovich To See Raid Items
    By Art Harris, © www.artharris.com, all rights reserved

    She was a doctor without a bag, a psychiatrist invited to examine a cardboard box of items seized by California drug agents investigating how she’d dispensed prescription meds to the late Playboy centerfold, and possibly others.

    Only when Kristine Erosovich Tuesday walked into the empty Los Angeles courtroom of Judge Larry Paul Fidler, who had allowed the shrink and her lawyers to eyeball anything taken in the raid on her Studio City Home and request its return if it violated doctor patient confidentiality, she was surprised by what she saw: a prosecutor with an investigator eager to supervise. The special master appointed to protect the property had vanished.

    “That wasn’t part of the deal,” she told me in an exclusive interview about her five minutes in court. “What if I pulled out letters or files and they accidentally saw someone not involved in the case? I didn’t want to put other patients’ privacy at risk.”

    So, the doctor opted for the take-home option—a court officer would copy the material and let her review the copy in her lawyers’ office.

    “We’ll foot the cost,” she told me afterwards, “and we won’t have to rush looking at it.”

    If she spies any confidential property to challenge, Erosovich has to list it and submit it to the court by Dec. 5—and argue how its inclusion with prosecutors and agents with the California Bureau of Narcotics would violate a confidence.

    Along with confidential letters and medical records, she says there are cds, dvds and personal photos, she wants back.

    When she left the room, Erosovoich stumbled from one nightmare into another: a prospective juror in another case collapsed in the hall on the 9th floor outside the courtroom of Judge Fidler, who seems to inherit all the intriguing cases these days, from Phil Spector, to Dr. Khris.

    “She was bleeding and it looked like she’d broken her nose,” Dr. Erosovich told me.

    With court bailiffs clustered around, waiting for paramedics, the blond woman in the shimmering blue blouse went to work. “I’m a doctor,” she said quietly, pushing through the crowd, to sit down by the frightened woman and hold her hand.

    “You’re going to be ok,” she said, doing a quick exam. “She was disoriented, and I could see she’d bitten her tongue.”

    An apparent victim of a seizure, the juror said she couldn’t afford a hospital visit, but Dr. Kris was having none of that. She explained the situation to the medics, and said, “please don’t let her drive home.”


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/24/2007 2:20:04 PM PDT · 1,589 of 5,772
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    Larry Birkhead Imposters on the Web - Wise up Women!
    What can be more pathetic than a man on the internet pretending to be Larry Birkhead to get lots of attention from women? The women who are naïve enough to fall for the imposters are!!!!

    Despite past posts, warnings, and good old fashioned common sense desperate women on the internet are still going to a fake Larry Birkhead myspace page posting messages on the imposters page hoping to get noticed by their “dreamy” guy. There are regulars on the site that post messages over and over and today I even noticed one person writing that she had spoken to this imposter on the phone. She mentions taking him up on his offer to go out and see him.

    Are these people stupid? Have they not heard from their mothers about internet safety? I am wondering why this site is allowed to continue. The person who made this site is probably some fat lonely old man who is getting his kicks off of hearing from women trying to be sexy in attempts to meet a celebrity. An even scarier thought that this is some dangerous person trying to trick naïve women into meeting him. Wise up ladies!


    LOL Well I can say I am not one of those ladies....

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/24/2007 11:51:14 AM PDT · 1,574 of 5,772
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    Rich, dysfunctional families are back in vogue on prime-time television with new shows like Cane and Dirty Sexy Money. But these fictional families have nothing on the real-life tales of feuding billionaire clans, wracked by generational schisms, sibling rivalries, jealousy and greed.

    For these wealthy dynasties, there just doesn’t seem to be enough money in the world to convince them to get along. Instead they turn on each other, and very often, take their relatives to court.

    We’ve recapped some of the most riveting billionaire family sagas of the past decade, including a then 19-year-old member of the Hyatt’s Pritzker family, who successfully sued her father and almost a dozen other relatives, and a father and his beauty-queen fifth wife suing his son over the family fortune. Exactly half of our favorite feuds involved American families; other fights took place or are taking place in Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India and Switzerland.

    In Pictures: 10 Billionaire Family Feuds
    Even people who don’t follow the sagas of the world’s wealthiest most likely got a peek at one of recent history’s most salacious feuds, involving former stripper and Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith. For a decade, the tabloid celebrity battled her much-older billionaire stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, for the right to inherit some of the fortune of her late husband, J. Howard Marshall, to whom she was married for just one year. Then, in a bizarre twist, E. Pierce Marshall and Smith died within months of one another. The case was still pending.

    In 2002, Liesel Pritzker, then an undergrad at Columbia University, launched a $6 billion lawsuit against her father and 11 older cousins, accusing them of looting her trust funds and those of her brother Matthew. The battle eventually led to the carving up of the family fortune; it was split 11 ways, resulting in 10 more Pritzkers joining the Forbes 400; the most members of any family. Liesel and Matthew are not among the rich-listers, having received a reported $500 million apiece.

    A more recent battle involves the world’s 78th most powerful woman and U.S.’ 204th richest person, Marilyn Carlson Nelson. Marilyn, who runs Carlson, the $37 billion (system-wide sales) travel conglomerate founded by her father, is being sued by her son Curtis Nelson. He accuses her and the company of suddenly removing him from his position as president and chief operating officer, unfairly ending his longtime expectation of becoming the company’s chief. He claims he is owed a buy-out of his interest in the business and damages for loss of employment. The company says the suit has no merit and that it was not in its best interest to elect him chief.

    After divorcing his fourth wife, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss billionaire and one of the world’s biggest art collectors, signed control of his $2 billion empire over to his son Georg in 1983. Almost two decades later, he and fifth wife Carmen “Tita” Cervera, a former Miss Spain, sued to get it back. A three-year, $60 million court battle followed, ending only after the Baron summoned his long-estranged Swiss family to his Madrid villa in early 2002 to make amends. He died a few months later; his fortune, worth $2 billion in 2002, was allegedly split between his four children, his widow and her son.

    Sometimes fighting has a silver lining, as has been the case for Indian brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani. Unable to get along, the brothers began fighting publicly in late 2004 for control of Reliance Industries, one of India’s largest conglomerates. The situation became so untenable that their mother Kokilaben brokered a court-approved peace settlement that entailed divvying up the family businesses. In 2005, the brothers were worth a combined $7 billion; in our March 2007 survey of billionaires, Mukesh was worth $20.1 billion and ranked 14th in the world. Anil had $18.2 billion and ranked 18th.

    But even for billionaires, family fights can be painful. Divorced from his wife of 52 years and now married to a new wife 40 years his junior, Sumner Redstone was sued by his son Brent in November 2006 and by his nephew Michael earlier this year. Redstone settled with Brent for $240 million. The case involving his nephew was dismissed. It was cold comfort: “The two days that Brent and Michael sued me are two of the saddest days of my entire life,” Redstone said.


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    10/23/2007 5:05:37 PM PDT · 1,497 of 5,772
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    Bald Truth Exclusive: Cosby Publisher Wins Delay! Read The Letter Here!
    By Bald Truth Staff (c)www.artharris.com, all rights reserved

    In a Bald Truth exclusive, we’ve learned the powerhouse New York law firm defending Rita Cosby’s publisher in a $60 million libel suit today won a brief extension to respond to Howard K. Stern’s request for an order banning Cosby, or anyone else, from trying to influence any witness or tamper with any evidence.

    It must have been the eloquent, Oct. 22nd letter from attorney Doug Maynard, a former federal prosecutor now with Akin Gump– and obtained by The Bald Truth cosby-publisher-10-23-ltr-to-judge.pdf — that persuaded U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to grant the defendants’ lawyers until November 13 to respond to Stern’s complaint. In it, Maynard complains Stern lawyer Lin Wood has been kind of like Waldo, MIA and impossible to reach.

    Hey, we totally understand, since Wood hasn’t had time to call us back either. We hope it’s nothing personal.

    But we DO know he was in court last Thursday when the judge indicated he was troubled by transcripts of Cosby allegedly trying to pay two Haitian nannies for an affidavit.

    In fact, Wood was so disturbed by the audiotapes of Cosby, secretly recorded by a lawyer for the women, he attached the transcripts as an exhibit to back up Stern’s request that the former FOX host and MSNBCer be ordered to stop trying to talk to witnesses like the nannies she concedes she never interviewed in the first place– to back up her reporting about an alleged gay sex tryst between Stern and Larry Birkhead.

    That’s perhaps the most salacious anecdote she lays out in her book, “Blonde Ambition,” the target of the libel suit filed by Stern against Cosby and her French publisher, Hachette.

    So far, the publisher says it will vigorously defend the suit and stands by her reporting on the gay sex charges (and everything else) — vigorously denied by Stern and Birkhead.

    Last week, both defendants agreed to an order prohibiting any party from attempting to influence any witness and requiring everyone involved to preserve all evidence. But lawyers for Cosby and the publisher also argued that there was no need for expedited discovery because they had agreed to the order.

    Judge Chin gave them until Wednesday, Oct. 17, to submit briefs on the issue. But the night before, Maynard writes Wood agreed to give him more time to respond, especially since Wood planned to file an amended complaint, then changed his mind.

    Still, delay or not, the judge did agree to fast-track discovery, and gave both sides April 18 as a deadine–and the date for a pre-trial hearing.

    According to those in court, the judge said he found the Cosby transcripts very “disturbing,” and that, if accurate, they suggest the newswoman tried to interfere with witnesses.

    Cosby’s attorney, Elizabeth McNamara, responded that she had no reason to believe the tape was manufactured, but said when all the tapes were reviewed, it would be clear that Cosby would be cleared of any appearance of wrongdoing.

    Cosby claims her Nannygaysex source is an investigator who heard Anna’s employees relate the tawdry tale of the former Playboy centerfold laying in bed watchiing her favorite all-boy tape. On a recent talk show, Don Clark, former FBI agent turned private eye for Virgie Arthur lawyer John O’Quinn, denied he was the source. He did tell Geraldo that he heard the nannies tell the same story when he met with them in the Bahamas. Only…the women deny it and so does their lawyer, Elizabeth Thompson.

    We’ve also learned there was another investigator at that meeting in the Bahamas who works with Clark, Wilma Vicedomine, of Houston. We’ve tried e-mailing Wilma, who goes by Wilma Vice, hoping she’ll relate what she heard, and whether she’s the mystery PI Rita claims as a source for Nannygate…but so far, no response.

    We’ll have more on some of the colorful, mystery players who keep emerging in this sordid tale, so stay tuned.


  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/22/2007 9:26:33 PM PDT · 1,412 of 5,772
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    “Unfortunately, right now, it’s not like I can go out and get a 9:00 to 5:00 job based on everything that’s been said about me out there. So I’m very fortunate to have a family who is supporting me emotionally and financially at this point,” he said.

    OMG does he sound like a baby or what?? What a liar this guy is...

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/22/2007 9:24:01 PM PDT · 1,411 of 5,772
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    Stern Files Creditor Claim On Anna Nicole’s Estate
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 22, 2007) – Anna Nicole Smith’s longtime companion Howard K. Stern filed a creditor claim in court last Thursday, seeking 6% of any monies obtained from the estate of Howard J. Marshall.

    Before her death on February 8, Smith had long fought Marshall’s family over his fortune, estimated at $500 million.

    Smith married Marshall in 1994. The millionaire passed away a little over a year later.

    Stern was the attorney by her side as the former playmate mounted the legal battle, which took her all the way to the Supreme Court.

    Celebrity and Hollywood News
    AP Stern Files Creditor Claim On Anna Nicole’s Estate
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 22, 2007) – Anna Nicole Smith’s longtime companion Howard K. Stern filed a creditor claim in court last Thursday, seeking 6% of any monies obtained from the estate of Howard J. Marshall.

    Before her death on February 8, Smith had long fought Marshall’s family over his fortune, estimated at $500 million.

    Smith married Marshall in 1994. The millionaire passed away a little over a year later.

    Stern was the attorney by her side as the former playmate mounted the legal battle, which took her all the way to the Supreme Court.

    Howard K. Stern Makes Claim For Anna Nicole’s Estate

    On “Larry King Live,” two weeks ago, Stern indicated he would be entitled to 6% of any monies received from the estate as part of his legal fee.

    “My firm would be entitled to 6% of that,” he said. “That would have been whether she was alive . . . I would trade that for her being a live right now.”

    Stern told King his present living expenses were being covered by his family.

    “Unfortunately, right now, it’s not like I can go out and get a 9:00 to 5:00 job based on everything that’s been said about me out there. So I’m very fortunate to have a family who is supporting me emotionally and financially at this point,” he said.

    Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, would inherit any monies that may be recovered on behalf of her mother.

    Stern’s filing specifies that his percentage is “conditioned upon recovery in the Marshall litigation.

  • Anna Nicole Smith, Seeking Justice #4

    10/22/2007 8:16:42 PM PDT · 1,399 of 5,772
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    The Supreme Court last year ruled that the 9th Circuit’s interpretation that the federal courts have no jurisdiction whatsoever over probate matters was overly broad, and the justices have sent the case back to the 9th Circuit on remand. Now the 9th Circuit will focus on the specific arguments of this legal dispute.
    This is bad news for Dannielynn and Smith’s legal team. The remaining legal issues surrounding this litigation are fairly straightforward and uncomplicated. J. Howard Marshall was legally allowed to direct his bequest to whomever he pleased, and he chose his son Pierce. He never intended to leave any portion of his estate to Smith or her heirs. We know these things because that’s what the jury found after a six-month trial in Texas. We also know that, under the doctrine of res judicata, each of these findings must be upheld in any other courts that look at this case.

    At this point, of course, the tragic center of this saga is not Smith, but Dannielynn. One fears, at worst, that this child may be being used as leverage to support the ongoing claims of Smith’s lawyers and a number of hangers-on who seek to get rich quick.

    You know this is what is so sad. Dannielynn is nothing but a pawn to the lawyers and Larry and Howard.