Anna Nicole Slapped With Fraud Suit

10/26/2006 6:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry BirkheadOne of the men claiming to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's newborn daughter is mounting a legal attack in the Bahamas.

In a statement made outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse today, Larry Birkhead's attorney, Debra Opri, said that Birkhead has filed a claim, alleging fraud and conspiracy against Anna Nicole, her lawyer-lover, Howard K. Stern, and the Registrar who certified the baby girl's birth certificate.

In court documents filed today, Birkhead alleges that Stern, with Smith's permission, fraudulently represented that he was the father by signing the birth certificate. Opri says Anna and Howard have 14 days to respond to her client's claim.

This newest development opens the door to force a paternity test in the Bahamas. Birkhead has already filed legal papers in Los Angeles asking a judge to force the issue.