Tuesday, February 13, 2007

THE ANNA NICOLE DEATH SAGA CONTINUES


"A Bahamas newspaper published two photographs on its front page today showing Anna Nicole Smith lying in bed fully clothed in a romantic embrace with the Bahamian immigration minister who approved her application for permanent residency.

Opposition politicians accuse Shane Gibson of giving special treatment to the former Playboy Playmate who died under mysterious circumstances in Florida on Thursday local time.

Smith was awarded residency in the Bahamas last year.

The residency application was based on Smith's ownership claim of a waterfront mansion. But G Ben Thompson, a South Carolina developer who used to date Smith, is disputing claims that he gave her the house and is attempting to reclaim the property.

Two photographs published on the front page of The Tribune of Nassau show Smith and Gibson looking into each other's eyes with their faces only a few centimetres apart while lying on a bed decorated with pink flowers and a white ribbon.

The newspaper said the photographs were taken in Smith's bedroom and it obtained the pictures yesterday from an unidentified source.

Opposition Leader Hubert Ingraham said he was looking into the matter.

Smith's partner, lawyer Howard K Stern, reclaimed the Bahamas mansion over the weekend and is staying there with five-month-old Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.

They had lived in the gated waterfront estate, known as Horizons, before the former Playboy Playmate died last week.

Stern is listed on a birth certificate as Dannielynn's father. But two other men have challenged the claim.

A former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, has filed a lawsuit claiming he is the father, and on Friday, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, announced he had a decade-long affair with Smith and may be the girl's father.

The New York Daily News has reported a manuscript it obtained says Smith froze the sperm of her late 90-year-old husband, Texas oil tycoon J Howard Marshall II, before his death and may have used it to become pregnant.

Since Marshall's death in 1995, Smith had been waging a court battle over his estate.

A federal court in California awarded Smith $US474 million (about $A600 million), but that was later overturned. But in May, the US Supreme Court revived her case, ruling that she deserved another day in court.

Experts say the decision of who receives custody could determine the child's inheritance. "(SOURCE SMH.CO.AU)

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