Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Weirder...

Whoa! Howard K. Stern, who has been Anna Nicole Smith's attorney and confidante for many years, is now saying that he is the father of her baby! From CNN:
An attorney representing former Playboy Playmate and reality television star Anna Nicole Smith said Tuesday he is the father of her daughter, born earlier this month in the Bahamas.

Howard K. Stern added that he plans to marry Smith.

"Anna and I have been in a relationship and we love each other, and it's been going on for a very long time, and because of my relationship as her lawyer, we felt that it was best to keep everything hidden," Howard K. Stern told CNN's "Larry King Live." (Watch Stern tell how the baby has been a "ray of hope" -- :54 external link)

Stern said he and Smith are confident he is the father, and "based on when the timing of when the baby was born, there really is no doubt in either of our minds."

Entertainment reporter and photographer Larry Birkhead also claims to be the father of the girl, named Danilynne Hope.

In a statement, Birkhead said Smith told him he is the child's father, and that he has proof.

He said he accompanied Smith to doctors' appointments until a "minor disagreement" took place while she was pregnant. He suggested a DNA test be conducted to determine the child's paternity. He also made similar comments to "Entertainment Tonight."

In response to Birkhead, Stern said, "I think, first, you have to look at what his motives are. If he honestly believed he was the father, based on when the baby was born, he should have handled it appropriately ... handle it through the proper channels, not through television and through the media."

Birkhead also has sent "a slew" of e-mails to Smith, Stern said, calling it "just completely inappropriate."

"Anna has had problems with people going to the media in the past about her, and for that reason, most people around her, including myself, have signed confidentiality clauses that we won't go to the media about her," Stern said. "I'm just very shocked at how he's handled this, under the circumstances."

Asked whether Smith and Birkhead had a relationship, Stern said, "she never considered him her boyfriend." He would not comment on whether Smith was intimate with Birkhead.

Smith, Stern said, approved his revelation that he is the baby's father. "I'm here because she wanted me to be here," he said.

He said Birkhead should have waited until Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel had been laid to rest. Daniel Smith died September 10, three days after his sister's birth, apparently while spending the night in his mother's hospital room with her, Stern and the baby, Stern said. Smith found Daniel Smith's body the following day when she woke up.

Stern said he and Smith plan to marry "at some point. Right now we have to somehow get through what we're going through."

Huh. Now, while I can totally believe that Howard K. is the father of lil' Dannilyn, I can also totally believe that he would do anything to protect Anna Nicole, whom he has obviously been madly in love with for many years. The man argued her divorce settlement all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (and won!), for God's sake. Of course, he gets all kinds of attention (and legal fees), but it was clear to any regular viewer of E!'s "The Anna Nicole Show" that he luuuurved her...however it was NOT so clear that she loved him back--in "that way," at least. It seemed that Anna Nicole saved that for her assistant Kim. Or not. It was hard for me--and Anna Nicole--to determine what the "reality" was on that show.

Someone should take Bobby Trendy down to police headquarters, shine a bright light in his face, and scare some answers out of him...not because he might actually know something about all this drama, but because it would just be so satisfying.

"The Anna Nicole Show" was a train wreck and often extremely depressing, but sometimes I have to admit that I miss it, in a "Stockholm Syndrome" kind of way...

Hmmmmm...curiouser and curiouser. Stay tuned!


TrAngela said...

OMG. I'm totally starting the rumor that Bobby Trendy is the baby's daddy. And, uh duh. Anyone that watched 5 seconds of The Anna Nicole Show knows how in love Howard is with Anna. You can also see how in love Kimmy was with Anna. AND, you can also note how f'ed up Anna is. LOVES it!

Anonymous said...

What a luxuuuuuuurious turn of events!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I was under the impression (or over it) that H.K. Stern was a handler of Anna -- usually in the position closest to the handled, and that she was A.I. by H.Marshall II (1111). Seems the handled types sleepwalk...often. Anyone know how many c-sections are performed on celebs in any given year?
~Ben and Djinn (outta bottle)