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Legal Woes

For Anna Nicole's Mom

3/24/2007 4:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anna Nicole Smith's estranged mother Virgie Arthur is in hot water over alleged unpaid legal bills. She's been summoned to the Bahamas once more because her former attorney Jamal Davis claims she hasn't coughed up the money she owes him.

Davis, who says he helped Arthur obtain an order to keep Dannielynn in the Bahamas while paternity is being determined, told Entertainment Tonight, "We represented her to the best of our abilities. We managed to avoid the child being removed from the Bahamas up until the point of time that we stopped representing her and we haven't received payment for our time and devotion spent on this matter."

"We're just exercising our right as any creditor would do to recover our fees. It's unfortunate we have to take this route," he said.

In other Anna news, on Monday the results of her autopsy will be released.

Troubled Tara's Reign Ends



After a tumultuous reign, former boozer beauty queen Tara Conner passed her Miss USA crown on to Miss Tennessee, Rachel Smith, last night. Conner was almost prematurely dethroned in December, after allegations of wild partying and heavy drinking emerged. It was only after a heartfelt plea to pageant boss Donald Trump and a stint in rehab that Conner was allowed to keep her crown.

Now that it's all over, she told People magazine that, "the reign of Tara was miraculous. Literally, because I got sober during it, and that's the most important thing."

The Donald, too, seems satisfied. "We're very happy with Tara, very proud, and hopefully she will have set the example for many people that have problems with drugs and alcohol."

Conner offered her successor some advice. "Be yourself and put your own flavor on the title" -- just as long as that flavor isn't whiskey, vodka or beer.

Winehouse Whines About Lohan



Brit singer and new tabloid princess Amy Winehouse is making frenemies with Lindsay Lohan. Lohan was recently seen purchasing a Winehouse CD, and Winehouse, whose star is rising thanks to a song called "Rehab," recently told Giant magazine that she's worried about Lohan. "I want to coddle that girl. I really want to hug her," she said. She then goes on to poke a little fun at Lohan, adding that "I saw pictures of her coming out of the doctor's [office], and she's crying. She's holding papers in her hand, like, 'Oh, it's a note from my liver saying, "Dear Lindsay, I've gone to Vegas!" Winehouse is no teetotaler herself -- she has quite a rep for putting in booze-fueled performances, and in recent weeks she's canceled several concerts, allegedly for alcohol-related reasons. Maybe Winehouse should stick to singing, and leave the stand-up schtick to the pros.

Party Favors...Eva Offers Support to Jesse...DiCaprio and Winslet to Reunite


Elfin Eva Longoria threw support to her rehabbing "Desperate Housewives" castmate and on-screen boy toy Jesse Metcalfe. Longoria called Metcalfe, who is battling alcoholism, "the most put-together young actor you'll ever meet," adding that "he wants to be responsible and do the right thing. That's a brave thing and I support him 100 percent." ... Titanic stars Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will reunite on the big screen in a film adaptation of the Richard Yates novel "Revolutionary Road." Winslet's hubby Sam Mendes will direct.

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16.

hurl    

AboutTime TMZ,

Apparently Anna had enough money to support not only herself, but Howard K Stern, right down to buying his shoes, which he admitted under oath that she did.

Now, according to him, he has to live off his parents. Yep, a real upstanding guy. His parents must be so proud of their 'successful lawyer son'.

2772 days ago
17.

wrong tmz    

Howard was more then her attorney, he was her personal assistant, he organized and probably got her work, interviews, talk shows, etc. He did everything ANNA so she should have bought his shoes! He didnt take a PAYCHECK! He wasnt out shopping all day, playing tennis, etc like a real gold digger does.

You must have not like yourself if you have to bash other people you know NOTHING about.

To answer your question, NO I dont know Howard, but I do know people that know Ms Arthur!!!!!!!!

2772 days ago
18.

Nutz    

Ha Ha Vergie!
Splash isn't gonna pay this one for you. Proof you're just another money
hungry digger.

2772 days ago
19.

Heather    

I think it's ironic that in the court proceedings, Howard K. Stern's attorney repeatedly came down on Larry Birkhead and Virgie Arthur accusing them of making money off of Anna Nicole's death, or at least having intentions to. WHile, sincce the court proceedings, Howard K. Stern has made a ton of money from publicisizing her death, including selling video rights of the funeral and burial to Entertainment Tonight. He is a discrace to men everywhere.

2772 days ago
20.

LIN WOOD LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN ABUSER HIMSELF!    

#10 POSTER, YOU SAID IT VIRGIE AND nICOLE HAD A POOR RELATIONSHIP IN THE LAS 10 YEARS, $STERN KEPT NICOLE FOR 10 YEARS AWAY FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THE WORLD AND EVIDENCE SHOWS THIS.

$STERN NEVER HELPED NICOLE, HIS INTEREST WAS DESTROY NICOLE'S LIFE AND FAMILY, THAT IS WHY HE TALKED NICOLE MOVING TO BAHAMASM, TO HIDE AND PLAN HIS EVIL CRIMINAL ACTIONS THERE.

I AM SURE NICOLE DIDN'T MOVE TO BAHAMAS BECAUSE OF LARRY, SHE AND $$ $STERN WOULDN'T SAY THE REAL REAZON WHY. COME ON, WAKE UP PEOPLE!! NOW THEY ARE DEAD AND AN HORPHAN BABY SECUESTERED BY A FAKE FATHER $$$$STERN. FOR MONEY!!!!!!!

2772 days ago
21.

TP    

#8 - Yes Anna did have money - she had the money that ET paid her for her ET tearfilled drugfilled comments in regard to Daniel/Larry/Virgie/DannieLynn. Also had Trim-Spa money. Also was scheming to get Bem Thompson to be the daddy - because he was rich. She accused him in an email - she wanted DNA and $$$$$$. Larry wasn't rich enough to be the baby's father. That is why she dumped him. As for Virgie - funny she never gets credit for taking care of Daniel up until age 7 - when there was no money involved whatsoever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2772 days ago
22.

Riley    

Bravo, Entertainment Tonight!!!!! Thank you for trying to be FAIR in your reporting.

Unlike TMZ

2772 days ago
23.

STALIN    

hey Vergie --just tell the lawyer his service was a gift--

2772 days ago
24.

wrong tmz    

#20 HELLO FORD SHELLEY STATES OVER AND OVER IN COURT HE WAS THE ONE THAT CAME UP WITH THE BAHAMAS! GET YOUR "FACTS" STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU ACCUSE SOMEONE OF MURDER!

#23 ANNA SAID IN NUMEROUS EMAILS SHE HAD NO MONEY! SHE COULDNT EVEN BURY DANIEL BECAUSE SHE HAD NO MONEY!

VIRGIE GETS CREDIT FOR NOTHING , SHE IS SCUM! ALWAYS HAS BEEN ALWAYS WILL BE.

2772 days ago
25.

Riley    

Thank you, It'sabouttimeTMZ. Finally, someone with a brain posts a message.

You are exactly right about all the things HKS did for ANS. He should have drawn a salary just to protect himself for all he did do for her. That would have kept the mouths of all these freaking idiots closed.

When is someone going to get the dirt on Ford Shelley? Why is he above reproach?

2772 days ago
26.

Ravynne    

This is the only reason why Vergie wanted custody of this baby, MONEY! The lawyers representing her only see MONEY, and yes there is a lawyer representing her Pro Bono...lets think about it, IF she gets custody, she has other legal battles ensuing and eventually sometime down the road, these "wonderful" pro bono lawyers know there is money to milk, the old give a little now to gain a LOT later.
The lawyers should take her to court, she obtained and used their services. She is the one who whined that she did not have any money, so why hire lawyers you KNOW you can not afford...unless of course you were hoping for a BIG haul of money in your future. It is no secret that ANS wanted a lot of distance between her and her mother...and her mother to have no influence in her life. As screwed up as ANS may have been, there are reasons for her very outspoken distain for her mother. Children can get out of control, children can do things that you dont want them to do...however, the parent still has a responsibility to that child...period and Vergie failed in that miserably. This is clearly money issue with her, and it sickens me to think that people have sympathy for her just because she is a mother and a grandmother. It takes a LOT more than giving birth to make a mother, just like people say that it takes more than sperm and the title of father to be a dad. The windfall hopefully will not go her way, custody and access hopefully will not go her way and by the grace of God the baby will be with someone who truly loves her without the dollar signs attached.

2772 days ago
27.

Riley    

Heather, can you prove your accusations? If not, shut the f*** up before your sued for slander.

2772 days ago
28.

LIN WOOD LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN ABUSER HIMSELF!    

HEY $$$$$STERN !!!! 98% OF THE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE OF YOU DRUG ENABLER, NICOLE AND DANIEL ARE DEATH!!!!

You were a lap dog, a crums waiting from the table begger, a free loader, a low life loser. a voulcher and more!! waiting to destroy your prey to have something.

Yo got it $$Stern, your evil ways will land you at least in jail or a loving lethal injection like the want you gave to Nicole. $$STERN, YOU ARE AN EVIL MAN, LIKE A SNAKE MOVE LOW BUT FULL OF VENOM, YOU CAN KILL, maybe you have already!

2772 days ago
29.

SUBPEONA ET    

Maybe she does not agree with all of the charges....Anna also refused to pay a lawyer there due to not having an itemized bill......On Greta last night, the Email sent to Ben demanding a paternity test and child support was dated Oct 10.....What is the date the birth certificate was filed?......

2772 days ago
30.

wrong tmz    

Ford Shelleys full name is Stancil Ford Shelley, do some research. He is being sued by an ex employee for harrassment. This person also says that he told her he could kill her and get away with it. He is SCUM of the earth! Apparently he is having financial issues as well, hmmm maybe that is why he BROKE INTO ANNAS HOUSE ANS STOLE HER BELONGINGS TO SELL LATER! What kind of creep would jump on a plane the day after she dies and break into her home, he didint have a key.

Before you jump on me, if you were say renting a home and you died, would you want the landlord to break in and steal your belongings??

2772 days ago
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