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Birkhead - Stern Settlement?

2/26/2007 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that lawyers for Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern are in settlement negotiations.

There was a buzz at the courthouse after Krista Barth, Stern's lawyer, removed a styrofoam cup of water that rested on the witness stand as Birkhead testified in the Anna Nicole burial hearing. The cup went missing and there was speculation that Stern's reps used it for a DNA test, which could have provided the evidence proving Birkhead is the father Anna Nicole's daughter Dannielynn.

We're told a day after the cup incident, the parties started negotiating. TMZ spoke with Birkhead's lawyer Debra Opri Sunday in the Bahamas, who would not confirm a settlement. She did, however, say DNA testing must be completed and paternity established before any settlement could occur.

Sources say Stern could be amenable to giving Birkhead what he needs to establish custody. We're told that in return, Stern wants ongoing control of Anna's estate and, once the estate is probated, continued involvement by becoming trustee for Dannielynn.

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16.

OMG    

Larry Birkhead was a simple fling !!!!
Howard K was Anna's support system, long long time
friend and she loved him.... He loved her - Daniel loved
him...

He is not in it for money... Larry Birkhead is a major phoney !!!!
Whether he is the father or not, it means nothing..... Anna
was OVER HIM !!!!! WAKE UP

2732 days ago
17.

Cleo    

Why can't Howie step up to the plate and get a "REAL JOB"??????????/

2732 days ago
18.

Granny    

Isn't this what Stern wanted all along? Control of Anna's money!!!! Stern you don't get sh*t you leached off Anna all these years, you killed Danny and Anna by enabling/outright killing them. Take a hike or better yet go chase ambulances. You are at the least guilty of fraud so how do you plan to control the money from prison you scum. This proves it's always been about the money.

2732 days ago
19.

Janet    

Anna's babies were her drugs, Stern's was money, and only Larry cared about the child.

2732 days ago
20.

Rump    

Please get HKS out of the picture ASAP!!!! Let the baby be with her father and the estate be held for her.

2732 days ago
21.

uniformsformilitarypersonnelonly    

"Stern wants ONGOING CONTROL" of Anna's estate? Isn't that all he really cares about anyway? It was never really about DannieLynn. Anyone whose watched the Anna Nicole Show knows that!!! He's a moneygrubbing jew who hasn't made a dollar on his own since AT LEAST 2001. Stop the game playing and think about this little girl. It's nothing but UNFAIR to her that she doesn't know who her biological father is, whether it be L.B. or Zsa Zsa's cheating husband, she deserves to know. Don't worry jewbag, you'll get your executor cut of the dough! Just let the kid have her birthright for Christ's sake.

2732 days ago
22.

PatinNJ    

Why don't they just check the blood types? It might automatically eliminate one of them.

2732 days ago
23.

Janet    

So is Howard still going to be selling memories of Anna? photos of her straddling everybody and every thing? Is he going to put Daniel's gravesite on the tour at the Bahamas?

2732 days ago
24.

Bring it on!    

Bottom line...Stern wants the money and Birkhead wants Dannielynn. Go figure!

2732 days ago
25.

mg    

So lets see. What a deal. Larry may finally get his daughter but the pig keeps his snout in the trough. That way baby can now take over where sugar momma left off. Babies money can now buy Howies underwear, his shoes and pay his rent. Heaven forbid he does that on his own. What a waste of skin.

2732 days ago
26.

Kristen    

This just proves that HK$ is a slime. Remember in court when he got all huffy about being able to get a job if he wanted to because he was well-educated and, blah,blah,blah... He was all indignant b/c the judge was talking about "who pays for this? who pays for that?" I cannot wait until Larry gets to see, hold, and bond with his child.

2732 days ago
27.

Lenn K    

I would never agree to these terms, one reason we all know that the baby is Larry's blood not Howard. And for Howard it has been, and it always will be about the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2732 days ago
28.

Marcia    

People, people ,people..............These proceedings are closed in the Bahama's. Why don't y'all wait until the facts are out, not just speculation before you condem. Also, remember this was Anna's idea to to make HKS the father on the birth certificate. Yes, HKS went along with it, however if he is truly giving up the baby now to Larry Birkhead, good for him. Don't you think for a minute that he couldn't deal with that portion of this after Anna's death, for god sake he was trying to get her buried where she truly wanted to be buried!

2732 days ago
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uniformsformilitarypersonnelonly    

Oh yeah... I forgot to add...

Hopefully, let's all hope that SOMEONE in law enforcement is smart enough to prove that it was really you that killed the both of them. No wonder you were so quiet all these years. You're a parasite HK$.

2732 days ago
30.

Kennedy    

HKS has no say. I also do not see how Larry could agree to what HKS is asking.

2732 days ago
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