Howard K. Stern, the former lawyer, lover, and wannabe baby daddy to Anna Nicole Smith, is suing Rita Cosby and her book’s sources over allegations that’s he a big homo. But that’s not the only court case in front of Mr. Stern these days: He’s now facing criminal charges of conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and prescribing, and administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict. That addict, of course, would be Anna Nicole, who died of a drug O.D.
“These individuals repeatedly and excessively furnished thousands of prescription pills to Anna Nicole Smith, often for no legitimate medical purpose,” California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a statement Thursday. His office was expected to release more details about the case at a news conference Friday.
Prosecutors said the doctors gave thousands of prescription drugs — including opiates and sedatives — to Stern, who then gave them to Smith. […] The prescriptions were issued between June 2004 and January 2007, just weeks before her death on Feb. 8, 2007. Medical examiners have said Eroshevich, a Los Angeles psychiatrist and friend of Smith’s, authorized all 11 of the prescription medications found in the Hollywood, Fla., hotel room where the 39-year-old model was found unresponsive shortly before her death.
[…] Braun said Eroshevich began treating Smith in September 2006 when she suffered a nervous breakdown stemming from the death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, who died of an accidental drug overdose three days after his mother gave birth to a girl. Eroshevich traveled on several occasions over a six-month period to the Bahamas, where Smith was living with Stern and wrote the prescriptions.
The criminal complaint also alleges Kapoor gave her excessive amounts of sleep aids, opiates, muscle relaxants and methadone-like drugs used to treat addiction, knowing she was an addict. Kapoor saw Smith in the spring of 2006 when she was treated at a Los Angeles County hospital for opiate withdrawal and prenatal care for the pregnancy of her daughter Dannielynn, according to the complaint.
Rumors swirled for weeks after Smith’s death, but police cleared those around her of any wrongdoing and medical examiners ruled she died of an accidental overdose. Documents obtained by the AP after her death showed most of the drugs found in her hotel room were prescribed in Stern’s name and none were prescribed in Smith’s own name.
The quantity was staggering. More than 600 pills — including about 450 muscle relaxants — were missing from prescriptions that were no more than 5 weeks old. Ultimately, it was a syrup — the powerful sleeping aid chloral hydrate — blamed with tipping the balance in the toxic mix of drugs and causing her death. [AP]