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Splash Mum on Anna's Mom

2/21/2007 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The paparazzi agency that Howard K. Stern's lawyers believe paid Anna Nicole Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, more than $12,000 for pictures and video footage, won't confirm that a transaction took place, but they ain't exactly denyin' it.

In a statement to TMZ, the agency said, "Splash News and Picture Agency, in the great tradition of journalism, protects its sources and all financial matters are kept confidential. Splash has a reputation for breaking major news stories, and TV stations, newspapers and magazines around the globe license images and video footage to illustrate those stories."

Earlier today, Arthur was testifyin' that she ain't never had no deal with Splash.

Draw your own conclusions.

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ANGI    

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE'S BUSTED!!!!!! SHE'S THE REASON ANNA WAS THE WAY SHE WAS!!

SHOW IT TO THE WORLD BABY!!

DUH, WHAT? WHAT'S THAT? "ASK ME AGAIN"

2618 days ago
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Cris    

Why does that really matter.....when Howard just sold "ET" the baby reunion tape and other "ET" exclusives???? If anyone knows how to make a buck off of someone, it is Howard k. Stern!

2618 days ago
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Rhonda    

ANS's Mom is a piece of crap ! She only wants money out of this. She could care less about her "daughter"! Just because you gave birth, does NOT make you a mother!

2618 days ago
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popzao    

She was lying through her teeth the entire time she was on the stand. She would only break down in tears when she didn't want to answer a question. What a crock.

2618 days ago
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ANGI    

ASK IF THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS EVER GIVEN HER MONEY TO RAISE THOSE KIDS OF HERS AND HOW CAN SHE AFFORD TO RAISE THIS BABY? WHO'S LOOKIN OUT FOR HER WHEN GRANDMA DIES? GIVE THAT BABY TO LARRY!!!

I HEAR THAT UNDER BAHAMA LAW, EVEN IF THEY PROVE IT'S LARRY'S HE HAS NO RIGHTS TO THE BABY!

2618 days ago
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Patranus    

God I hope child services get the Baby. All of this is a joke. Why is it taking so long? Maybe the next step is going on the Maury Show. Atlease he can find a babys daddy.

2618 days ago
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Christina    

On the stand, Virgie said her "sister" and then her "sister-in-law" shot the video of her at Daniel's grave in the Bahama's. Virgie said she [the sister-in-law or whoever] is the one who gave the tape to the media, which, to me, suggests Virgie got money for it through her.

2618 days ago
8.

OK!    

I personally think their all using us “public” for money………I wish they would get this over with.

2618 days ago
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lisa    

of course she got money,she will never say it.It is so sad that Anna only wanted to be love by her family and she was not .They only used her. in life and now in death.She needs to go back to texas and let her rest in peace,her body is not going to have a viewing because all this people after money do not let a ruling happend.I pray for anna and her son.what a shame.Yes Anna now we know who your mother is!

2618 days ago
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Yeah, you ARE nuts!    

Who cares if she did get some money or expenses paid, if you are going to base a decision on that then Howard Stern has profited for years and $600,000 off her dead son's pictures and Anna profitted from her dead son, hey it's a family tradition.

2618 days ago
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Christina    

One other thing. Wasn't Virgie's statement about how her mother told her to give Daniel to Anna Nicole when he was a child interesting? I wonder if Virgie "raised" him when he was a small child because Anna wanted her to or because Virgie kept Anna from him because of her lifestyle?

2618 days ago
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tam    

I agree with you, Christina. She thinks she's pretty smart but not smart enough. I hope and pray that Anna's last wishes to be buried in the Bahamas with her beloved son are honored by the judge. I'm sure Virgie is seeing only $$$$ signs which is why she wants her daughter buried in Texas.

2618 days ago
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TJ    

Now I fully understand why ANS hated her mother. She was white trash, uneducated and very controlling. Let Anna Nicole Smith be buried in the Bahamas with Daniel as per her wishes. Why should any parent have the right to control the life or death of a grown child? If she wanted to be buried in Texas she would have made sure Daniel was also buried there. She chose the Bahamas...so be it!

2618 days ago
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Cinnamon    

Anna Nicole's mother is not in court today to fight for custody of the baby.
She is there to fight for the right of disposition of Anna Nicole's body.

Since Anna Nicole did not leave a written testiment as to her burial instructions, under Florida Statutes,as next of kin, Anna Nicole's mother DOES have the LEGAL rights to the disposition of Anna Nicoles' body.

2618 days ago
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kim    

THAT BITCH OF A MOTHER MAKES ME SICK!!! SHE IS JUST AS HUNGRY FOR MONEY AS THE REST OF THEM. I HOPE SHE HAS A STROKE ON THE STAND AND DIES. BTW COULD THAT PIECE OF CRAP HUSBAND OF HERS BE ANY MORE FAKE???

2618 days ago
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