After the paternity hearing held in Nassau Bahamas on Friday, Larry Birkhead commented that he was “in a happy mood” but would not discuss the case. Others involved in the case, including Anna Nicole Smith’s mother, were not so pleased. Both Birkhead and Virgie Arthur, Anna Nicole’s mother, refused to discuss details of the case.
When questioned about the mood of the hearing, Birkhead simply stated “There were different moods for different people. I’m in a happy mood, but I can’t speak for anyone else.”
Virgie Arthur, on the other hand, left the courtroom along with her attorneys, without making any comments on the case. Although Dannielynn may go to one of the possible fathers, Arthur feels that she would provide a more stable home. She argues that her home is more stable than that of Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole’s former lawyer and lover, whom the little 5 month old is now residing with.
Although Howard K. Stern’s name is listed on the birth certificate and Dannielynn is currently living with him, he did not attend the paternity hearing.
Because the court clerk’s office was closed shortly before the hearing came to a close, there wasn’t anyone available to ask questions about the proceedings.
Although there have been others who have come forward to state that they are possible fathers, the paternity hearings are focusing on Larry Birkhead, Howard K. Stern, and Anna Nicole’s mother, Virgie Arthur. As of right now, those are the three contenders in this custody battle.
Dannielynn, the baby in this huge custody battle may inherit millions in money that Anna Nicole Smith had recently acquired shortly before her death. Smith never got to use the money herself. It was actually inherited to her from a deceased husband upon his death, but not easily. Anna Nicole went through numerous court battles to gain control of her late husband’s estate, to win only very shortly before her passing. She was all of 39 when she died. The cause of Anna Nicole’s death is thought to be natural, but is still under investigation by the police as well as the medical and forensic examiners.
The dispute over the house that Birkhead is residing in with the infant is still being battled over in court as well. Apparently, there are disagreements as to who is the actual owner of the house and whether Larry Birkhead should be considered the owner. Birkhead has remained at the house since Anna Nicole’s death, but developer G. Ben Thompson claims that he advanced Anna Nicole $900,000 for the house that she still owed upon her death. He claims she never honored her agreement to repay him, so she cannot actually own a home that he paid for. Before her death, Anna Nicole reportedly claimed the house was a gift.
As of now, the gated house called “Horizons” continues to be occupied by Howard K. Stern and Dannielynn.
http://www.khou.com/news/entertainment/stories/khou070317_tnt_annanicolepaternity.2040c2bb.html – Associated Press/KHOU News Houston, Texas