Anna Nicole Smith Is House-Hunting
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ Anna Nicole Smith is house-hunting in the Bahamas, where a former boyfriend is seeking to remove her from a waterfront home where she has taken refuge since her son’s death.
The reality TV star and her companion, Howard K. Stern, are considering homes on various islands in the archipelago, Smith’s attorney, Wayne Munroe, said Monday.
Smith, who gave birth to a daughter in the Bahamas, used the house in Nassau as the basis for her application for permanent residency. The home has been the subject of an ownership dispute between her and a South Carolina businessman.
If a court rules against her in the dispute, Munroe said Smith wants to make sure she can meet the condition of owning a home worth at least $500,000 needed to maintain permanent residency in the Bahamas.
``What is involved now is a leisurely look at other houses,″ Munroe said.
Smith’s former boyfriend G. Ben Thompson, a South Carolina businessman who claims Smith has not honored an agreement to pay the mortgage on the Nassau house, escalated their feud Friday by having the power cut off at the home. The electric utility restored power within hours and is reviewing Thompson’s request, Munroe said.
Thompson’s Bahamian attorney, Emerick Knowles, said the tactic was warranted because Smith has refused multiple requests to vacate the property.
``Mr. Thompson is the owner of the property and it is being unlawfully occupied by Ms. Anna Nicole Smith,″ Knowles said.
Munroe criticized the measure as mean-spirited.
``They’re trying shenanigans that are totally inappropriate with a woman at home with a newborn child,″ he said. ``Nobody seems to have any regard for this child.″
Smith said she was seeking privacy when she came to the Bahamas in July. The former Playboy Playmate gave birth to a daughter, Dannielynn, on Sept. 7. Three days later, Smith’s 20-year-old son Daniel died while visiting his mother in the hospital.
A private medical examiner has said that Daniel Smith died from a combination of methadone and antidepressants. Results of an official autopsy and a police investigation have not been released.
Another former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, claims to be the father of Smith’s daughter and has filed a paternity lawsuit in Los Angeles.
Birkhead told The Associated Press that he is fuming over the news that Smith is house-hunting.
``Her sole purpose in going to that island was to avoid a paternity action,″ Birkhead said. ``Stern is doing her dirty work.″
Birkhead expressed sorrow about missing out on his alleged daughter’s life.
``The urgency is my child is getting older. It doesnt know its father,″ Birkhead said. ``I am just outraged that (Smith) thinks that she can get away with kidnapping.″
Associated Press Writer Ana Beatriz Cholo in Los Angeles contributed to this story.