Anna Nicole Smith’s lover - Stern - was accused of killing her in court yesterday, reports The Sun.
It all took place during a hearing to decide where the former Playboy model should be buried.
Debra Opri, lawyer for lover Howard K Stern’s rival Larry Birkhead, was seen making the sharp accusation to Stern as the two parties sat next to each other.
Stern’s lawyer complained to the judge saying it was "unacceptable" that "Miss Opri did make a statement to my client that he killed Miss Smith".
The judge warned both sides not to make unfounded claims.
Opri had earlier claimed Anna Nicole had died because of the "lifestyle" she shared with Stern.
But Stern told the court in Florida, Anna Nicole had "emotionally died" after the death of her son Daniel in her hospital room last year.
But Birkhead has teamed up with Anna Nicole’s mother Virgie Arthur to demand the star is buried in Texas where she was raised. Anna Nicole’s dad Donald Hogan was also there in court.
Last night medical examiner Joshua Perper telephoned the court to tell the judge Anna Nicole’s embalmed body was deteriorating faster than expected. Stern started sobbing loudly in the witness stand. And a video clip showing confused Anna Nicole slurring and appearing to be on drugs emerged yesterday. She wears clown face paint and plays with a dolls pram in the footage shot by Stern when she was eight months pregnant.
Stern and Birkhead both claim to be the dad of Anna Nicole’s five-month-old baby Dannielynn. That will also be decided by the courts.
Her birth certificate names Stern as the father, but Birkhead and Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, have filed separate paternity challenges. Dannielynn could inherit £240million from Anna Nicole’s marriage to J. Howard Marshall II.