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Anna Nicole's Custody Battle -- Anna Challenged

10/4/2006 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Birkhead: Click to watchThe man who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby girl was put off by a judge today, as his lawyer challenged the celebrity mom to settle the custody dispute by submitting to a paternity test.

Larry Birkhead, along with his lawyer Debra Opri, appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court Wednesday and asked a judge to order Anna Nicole to return from the Bahamas and submit to a paternity test. The judge continued the hearing until October 26. TMZ is told Opri also wants the judge to order Anna Nicole to submit to a drug test.

Opri addressed Anna directly in her press conference after the hearing: "Anna, I am talking to you directly now and I want you to listen to me and I want you to hear what I have to tell you. If you are so certain that Larry Birkhead is not the father, then you have nothing, absolutely nothing to lose by submitting to this jurisdiction and allowing a paternity test."

Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole's lawyer, claims he's the dad. Birkhead has scoffed at Stern's assertion.

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76.

Sherry    

#1- Where you all calling Tom Cruise trash when he sold his baby's pics? If not then where's the difference?
#2- Why can't they do the paternity test where she is? If I had some man telling me "Get over here and prove that kid's not mine," I wouldn't jump either. And that's not even considering the death of her son, which you don't ever- EVER- get over.
Over the years Anna Nicole has used her looks and her body to scrape her self off the bottom more than once, sometimes making a fool of herself to make $$. Not really so different from most of us in our boot-licking jobs, except she had a millionaire and a TV camera, and she made better $$.

2919 days ago
77.

CrazyMom    

Blah Blah Blah. Who really gives a damn who the father is? Anna Nicole may seem like a sleaze to a lot of people, but she IS human. She loses her son just days after the birth of her daughter, and now people are trying to add to the emotional upheaval. Find a hobby!

2919 days ago
78.

teBetty    

I don't think either one of these IDIOTS should have that baby. Larry is a drug user too or he would not have even been around Nicole and her others as they are all druggies. Did you happen to see HOWARD'S INTERVIEW with LOarry King, WHAT WAS HIS PROBLEM, DRUGS or just stupid.

2919 days ago
79.

James    

Well... let's take a look.
#1 Tom Cruise didn't have a son die three days after the birth of his daughter.
#2 California has the legal jurisdiciton of the newborn but has no legal standing in the Bahamas. Stern is an attorney. He knows the law. He researched Bahamian law. That's why he ensconced Anna to the Bahamas to have baby.
#2a There's been no funeral, burial or memorial for Daniel. There has been a commitment cermony, swim party and oh yes, a hired professional photographer to take 30 pics for publication in People Magazine for a price tag of 1 million $$$.

2919 days ago
80.

the wise old owl    

Post #65: LuvzPynk : Your a smart lady. I 've seen some of your posts on this site before and I always liked what you've had to say. Now I know why. It doesn't take a mental giant to figure this sanario out.

Post # 68 Ken : Again, if Birkhead is not the father, how does he gain financially ?
He doesn't .

If he is the father and is granted joint-custudy or visitation rights he can't get any $$ from Anna. Not if the baby is living with Anna. Now if the courts deside she is an unfit mother, then, and only then will he get any kind of support money from her. That is really a far stretch and hardly worth the money , time and effort he has already put into his search to prove his paternity.

But if he does gain custody of his daughter then he DESERVES child support (if Anna brings in more money than he does.) However he can never touch or be included in the $$ Anna may get from her current law suit against Marshall. That money will be protected and considered off limits to anyone but her. No one gets a piece of that pie but her.

So these allegations that it's all about the $$$ is absurd. It simply isn't true. And to make a statement that he is after his 15 minutes of fame, just doesn't make sense. He tried to settle this off the record and ANNA was the one that refused. If anyone in this story is after more attention and fame it is her. She's the trouble maker here. Not him

Post # 73 Mrs. Scott: You are on the right track . If Anna had her baby in the U.S. she would have been drug tested along with the baby.. The father would have seen to it and he told her so. It would have been mandatory in the best interest of the child. That is why she fled to the Bahama's and bought a house so she could claim residentcy and abled her to escape that intrution. Only guilty people run.

To my knowledge when a baby is born addicted to something, as long as they are weaned off gradually they do not appear sick or near death. It is when they are coming off the drug that the baby becomes ill. Anna is very selfish. Her needs always come 1st. She should be ashamed of herself. This story is far from over.

Thanks to Pita , Ellie and "that;s the way it is " kevin , so sad and therestofus. You all know what's going on here too. Keep posting.

2919 days ago
81.

crystal    

I think she should be left alone. she already has been threw enough. and also who cares who the baby daddy is. that little girl has a loving mother and i am sure anna is doing what she feels right for her child that she carried for all those months. if it isnt one thing it another now a days. and thats my opinion.

2919 days ago
82.

Jen    

Did you all not read that he is interested in getting the child for a meal ticket. He wants the little girl so he can collect child support. A real man would not try to take a child away from it's mother so he can make money.

2919 days ago
83.

James    

why would you think Birkhead was after child support? What about the establishment of paternity, then the health and welfare of the child, then visitation and the right to know his child. How 'bout those things. and oh yes, what if Daniel died from a methadon pill that belonged to his mother?

2919 days ago
84.

James    

in fact, Birkhead has said that Anna asked him to marry her and he refused saying he wanted to be able to support her and the baby.

you must be confused. Isn't is that slimy attorney wannabe Stern that has been suckling off Anna for years. And isn't he the late comer in claiming babydaddy status. Again, isn't he who SOLD the birth pics and commitment pics for $$$$$.

It's so obvious why he's keeping Anna hidden away in the Bahamas.

2919 days ago
85.

jackie spencer    

Those of you dummies who wants Anna left alone are probably as just as big of a LOSER as she is. Anna does not want to be left alone. Her son has not even had a proper burial and this stupid b*tch is on a boat admitting her love and committment? Larry is no different. If he was so sure that this little baby was his, than why come forward now? The whole world practically knew she was pregnant. Why are we now hearing from him? I felt very sorry for her when her son passed. Now that I see what she is doing with pictures, and stories I think the best thing for her to do is go into rehab, and then take responsibilty of the little one.

2919 days ago
86.

shelbygirl70    

Wow! Give the lady a break. Have any of you ever lost a child? Who the hell died and left you all the grieving police?? If she is high as a kite right now, who the hell wouldn't be? she had a baby, and lost her 20 year old son in the course of a couple of days. And I don't suppose anyone saw how awful howard looked during the interview. Oh I forgot these people are trash, therefore they can't possibly be grieving right? It is because of attitudes like I have read on this page, that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Must be nice to always do the right thing, people? While I am not a Anna lover, and think she is a flake. This Larry guy is an opportunist, and a creep, and so is his lawyer.

2919 days ago
87.

shelbygirl70    

Wow Jackie, it must be really nice to have everything figured out. I don't suppose it has occurred to anyone, that a womens emotions are a bit out of whack after giving birth during the best of times, and then to have your child die, in your arms. Wow you all are so smart. You just know everything!

Now we all want to talk about the photo's. Let's look at Angelina and Brad. The press hound them everywhere, and they were part of a feeding frenzy when baby Shilo was born. Gee - I don't suppose that just maybe the same thing would have happened with Anna considering the circumstances? Personally, it made great sense, because once the pics were published, the press backed off. It was purely a business decision. Course you all are so quick to condemn the poor women, common sense doesn't count does it?

2919 days ago
88.

James    

This poor woman???? This poor woman whose son might still be alive if someone(?) had not given him the methadone that killed him? This poor woman needs to be in detox. Once she comes down from her high, she will be plunged into the depth of guilt, remorse, physical pain, emotional pain that only heavy drugs or death can releive a person from. This woman is sick and desperately needs help NOT enabling. The enabler needs to keep her drugged, not for her own good, so he can remain in control of her and the $$$$$, the money he charges to exploit Anna Nicole Smith.

Tragic. This story is just tragic.

2919 days ago
89.

Kim    

WE ALL NO THAT ANNA NICOLE HAS HAD HER PROBLEMS IN THE PAST. BUT HER SON JUST DIED.. A PARENT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LOOSE A CHILD. THAT NUST BE HARD. THEN SHE JUST HAS A BABY THAT SHOULD BE A BLESSING. I THINK THAT SHE NEEDS TO GET A TEST AND PUT THIS MATTER TO BED ALREADY. THAT LARRY GUYS SEEMS LIKE HE MIGHT JUST WANT HER MONEY AND THE 10 SECONDS OF FAME. THE LAWYER WILL TAKE THAT BABY IF SHE GIVES HIS REASON. THEN SHE WILL HAVE NO BABY OR SON. I HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT FOR HER

2919 days ago
90.

James    

Larry Birkhead came forward now because of the tragic death of Daniel!! Birkhead, once he heard the whisper "methadone" he knew, HE KNEW, what had happened. It then became absolutely imperative that he go public in an effort to secure the safety and well being of this newborn. Whether he is the father or not, I believe he is and he believes he is, the story needed to be aired. Anna is so out of it that she has no clue as to what is going on. The poor thing doesn't even remember her son is dead AND thinks she just go married. Now who's responsible for that????

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