Howard K. Stern arrested for supplying Anna Nicole Smith drugs
Howard K. Stern, the Playboy Playmate's former boyfriend and attorney, turned himself in Thursday night (March 12) for illegally furnishing Smith with medication she didn't need.
According to the LA Times' Dish Rag, Stern, 40, has been arrested and charged with allegedly conspiring to provide Smith with controlled substances beginning three years prior to her death, along with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, 40, and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, 61.
The alleged conspiracy occurred between June 2004 and January 2007. In addition to the conspiracy counts, they're charged with "prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict." All told, the three are being charged with eight felonies.
"These individuals repeatedly and excessively furnished thousands of prescription pills to Anna Nicole Smith, often for no legitimate medical purpose," Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown says in a statement. "There is ample evidence that Dr. Eroshevich and Dr. Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr. Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith."
Supposedly it went down like this: the doctors falsified prescriptions, while Stern was the one who delivered and administered the drugs, "including opiates, benzodiazepines, and other controlled and non-controlled substances."
Smith's death at 39 was ruled an accidental drug overdose from combination of a sleeping medication and at least eight other prescription drugs, including methadone, anti-anxiety and weight-reducing drugs, longevity medication, vitamin B12, growth hormone and other substances in her system.
Inheriting Smith's estate is her daughter Dannielynn, aged 2 1/2, with Stern and her biological father Larry Birkhead as co-trustees.