Appearing on FOX NEWS in a live interview, Jackie Hatten introduced herself as Anna Nicole Smith’s best friend. A title that has been thrown around by a handful of people lately. Hatten, however, adamantly protested that Anna Nicole had never lied to her and that she had shared many confidences about Howard Stern and other personal issues with her. Hatten claims no stake in the outcome of the proceedings, but says she has stepped forward to help set the record straight and assist in carrying out the last wishes of her best friend, Anna Nicole Smith.
Hatton’s description of Howard Stern was that of a manipulator, control freak, and one who kept Anna away from everyone who wanted to help her and help her get off drugs. She reports that Anna Nicole’s phone calls were often covert. If Stern realized she was on the phone. He would demand to know who she was talking with, and often just hang up the phone.
Hatten is the godmother of Danielynn. Her interests, she stated, are the best interest of the child. That seems to be the mantra of many participants, but Hatten stands no financial gain from sharing what she believes to be the truth. She explained that Anna had tried to contact her mother, but again, the calls were interrupted by Stern. Hatten believes that Virginia, Anna Nicloe Smith’s mother, should receive custody of the child, as next of kin.
She acknowledges, as Stern has repeatedly reported, that the relationship between Anna Nicole and her mother was strained. She did say, however, that the issues between them were old. They were personal and had to do with Anna Nicole’s mother and step-father. She said that, especially since Daniel’s death, Anna had tried to contact her mother, begging for help. According to Hatten, it was not unusual for the phone to be slammed down, presumably by Howard Stern.
Hatten also acknowledged that Anna Nicole had tried to contact others, but to no avail. Hatten states that she is certain that Anna Nicole told her that she had been intimate with Burkhett at the time of her conception, and even at the time of her passing. Stern acknowledged from the stand, that he and Nicole were “more than friends,” but that the relationship was open, and Anna Nicole had other relationships and boyfriends, of and on.
In Hatten’s view, the proof is in the DNA. Burkhett was willing to comply with the Los Angeles court request for DNA samples. It is Stern who has acted in contempt of court and refused to offer either his own DNA sample, or one from Danielynn. This issue will soon move to the Florida court, as Judge Seidlin requested jurisdiction in both the child custody case as well as the hearings regarding possession of Anna Nicole’s body. All parties agreed.
Hatten agreed with Stern on one point. she said that Nicole’s request was to be buried in the Bahamas. She stated that this was a recent decision, because of the death and burial of her son, Daniel, in the Bahamas. Prior to that she had requested burial next to Howard Marshall, whom she still considered her husband. The unexpected event of Daniel’s death changed her mind, and she did request to be buried with him.
Hatten agreed with the opinion of many commentators, that Stern’s performance seemed practiced and contrived. Stern stated that Anna Nicole never wanted to leave her room after Daniel’s death. He did admit that occasionally they would slip out at night. He stated that Nicole had purchased double cemetery lots in the Bahamas following Daniel’s death. He said she desperately wanted to remain near her son. Stern claims Nicole said the Bahamas were her home and that is where she wanted to be buried, and wanted Danielyn raised. This is all according to Howard Stern, and, in fact, is his biggest premise for fighting for the body of Nicole.
We can be sure friends and family members will be crawling out of the woodwork to offer their opinions, or capitalize on their fifteen minutes of fame. Either way, there are many facets of this case which is sure to keep the public riveted to the story. Stern was the first witness, and his testimony was nothing like Hatten’s interview comments. Looks like we have a long way to go, in what needs to be a very short trip.
source: Jackie Hatten’s live interview on FOX NEWS CHANNEL, Tuesday, February 21, 2007.