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Anna Nicole Smith's 'obsession' with Pills Discussed During Trial
Testiomony in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday in the case against onetime Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern revealed that the star had an obsession with prescription pills, according to an AP report published in the Press-Telegram.
Stern was said to have been feeding Smith pills "when she was too weak to take them on her own," in the period after the birth of her daughter and the death of her son, according to the late personality's bodyguard Maurice "Big Moe" Brighthaupt. Brighthaupt also testified that Smith's psychiatrist shipped the powerful sleep drug Chloral Hydrate, which Smith "gulped from the bottle."
Chloral Hydrate was ultimately one of the nine drugs found in her system during Smith's autopsy.
Smith's bodyguard claimed that the model, whom he described as being "a hurt lady," was often in a deep drug-induced haze, but that she made her own decisions about taking the medications. He described her carrying a "bag of meds," and a supply of valium she kept tableside to her bed.
Brighthaupt was one of the last people to have seen Smith alive.