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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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