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Larry Birkhead Arrives to Custody Hearing

4/13/2007 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With a crowd of photographers snapping away, a smiling Larry Birkhead arrived to a Bahamian court just moments ago to fight for custody of his daughter Dannielynn.

Anna Nicole Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, is also expected to arrive shortly. It is unknown if Howard K. Stern will attend.

The hearing is set to begin at 2:30 PM EDT.

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91.

Terrie/ Southern Belle    

If Anna Nicole gave a damn about her daughter she'd be here now and off drugs but she did
not not care enough only about herself. Why does anyone care about what Anna wanted?
she wanted drugs and thats all!! Let Larry and the others work it out. If Larry thinks Virgie
should see her grandchild than let it be.He is a smart man . Smart enough to get away
from Anna Nicole and her bad behaviors.If he would have stayed would we still have the same respect for him. Anna was a selfish sick weak woman and Virgie deserves to make peace with her through her child...Im not saying she should have her she should see her.
that little baby is a real cutie!!

2695 days ago
92.

Stop Abuse by Professionals!!    

There is a huge issue that has been missed through this whole ordeal.
All the media and attorneys keep referring to HKS as an enabler.
According to California law, HKS, as a California attorney and ANS's attorney, committed EXPLOITATION BY A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL!!. See www.advocateweb.org for an explanation!! All of you that are throwing stones at Vergie will learn that Vergie was a secondary victim of exploitation by HKS. Licensed professionals are bound by rules and laws of the profession. HKS had a duty to maintain professional boundaries. He violated those boundaries in nearly every way possible to include sleeping with his client. He breached his fiduciary duty to ANS and lost all objectivity in order to get his own needs met. He was hated by Daniel to the point of Daniel seeking the help of a private investigator. HKS isolated ANS from those that loved her the most.
This is a common characteristic of an offender. Offenders are very successful in creating the illusion that they are meeting the needs and assisting their clients in their client's wishes; however, according to the leading experts in this area of the law, offenders are meeting their own needs. There is testimony that ANS had a relationship with her mother until HKS came into the the picture.
Look at the videos where ANS was drugged up... who is in the background? Who was illegally doling out drugs while she was hospitalized? Who would know to check the paternity laws in different states? All the indicators and proof is out there. HKS is continuing to exploit ANS despite her death. He is so narcissistic that he believes that he is above all laws and rules and none of them apply to him. He has been back-peddling to continue to blame others for what he has created through exploitation. Exploitive professionals utilize the imbalance of power, authority, and trust to get what they want. We all trust the professionals in our lives. In fact, we trust professionals WITH our lives. If a professional is unethical and violates the boundaries of the profession and the law, they are committing professional misconduct. HKS's exploitation of ANS secondarily victimized Vergie, Daniel, Dannielynn and Larry.
Hopefully one of their attorneys will research the law and California bar rules and go after the sick bastard. Just Google "exploitation by professionals" and see what pops up!!! Go to the AdvocateWeb.org website and do a little reading. I promise you're eyes will open as to why Vergie is fighting as hard as she is!!! She has a right based on the actions of HKS!!

2695 days ago
93.

plain truth    

SO HAPPY THAT LARRY'S NIGHTMARE HAS ALMOST STARTED!!!!!!
I PRAY FOR DANNYLYNN. LARRY CAN'T EVEN PAY FOR THE SECURITY THAT WILL BE NEEDED FOR THIS CHILD. DON'T FORGET LARRY WANTS TO SUPPORT THEM BOTH WITHOUT SPENDING DANNYLYNN'S MONEY. HOW IS $50,000 A YEAR GOING TO PAY FOR THE SECURITY THAT WILL BE NEEDED TO KEEP HER SAFE, HE SAYS HE WILL NOT NEED SECURITY FOR DANNYLYNN, THAT IS SO SCARY! ALONG WITH NANNIES, LAWYER BILLS, TRAVELING EXSPENCES .... UNLESS HE GET $ FOR DANNYLYNN'S PICTURES, ANNA'S PICTURES, OR SHOULD THAT BE SAVED FOR DANNYLYNN'S TRUST?

2695 days ago
94.

Somebody , shoot it! Quick!    

I HOPE LARRY is not stupid! No body can be that stupid ,right??? Larry is THE FATHER. The mother is dead.There is NO ONE on this planet for the father to arrange custody with . It wouldbe nice for Larry to let Virgie come out, and pay for her first class airfare, to CA to visit the baby four times a year. Maybe some of those times a year can be holidays. Larrycould put her ina first class hotel suite. Have a limo pick her up from the airport.
THAT IS IT!!!!!!!! Money, NO WAY!!!!! Why? For what? Nada. Niclh. Nothing. Nyet. However you cansay and spell no in any language.

2695 days ago
95.

Put UP or Shut UP    

Virgie GO HOME!!
(beverly hill billy tune)
Come and listen to my story bout a woman name Virgie ... poor Texas gal could hardly keep her family fed ... Then one day she was lookin for some food ... when up from the bahamas came a bubbling crude! The Marshall's money that is ... Free Ride .. Texas Size!

Well the first thing you know ole Virgie's NOT a millionaire .. kin folks said now Virgie move away from there ... Said Californy is the place you oughta be .. So Larry loaded up the truck and moved to Ken TUCKY .. Good People, Nice Playgounds!

Well now it's time to say good bye to Virgie and all her clan ... They would like to thank you folks for allowing them to spin .. You're all invited back again to this locality ... For another heapin helpin of their Evil Philosophy ... Hillbilly that is .. Smile for the camera ... Ya'll come back now, Ya Hear!!

2695 days ago
96.

SHASTA DAWN    

I THINK A FAMILY IS REALLY BEGINNING TO LOVE THE CAMARA'S RIGHT ALONG WITH AGRANDMA

2695 days ago
97.

CAW    

Here is a "what if"

What if in the beginning Larry saw Anna as becomming a very rich woman. Went for her and managed to get her pregnant. Miscarriaged! Try again! It worked. All the while he knew she was on drugs real bad. Ok, but he did not or would not believe Howard had such a pull on Anna. Howard put his belongings out the door.

Waited until baby was born filed suit! Did not realize that some one had other intentions for Anna. Whow! Anna Dies! Now two men fighting over that half a billion $$$$$$$$ Would not listen to wonderful lawyer. Fired lawyer or lawyer finally quit! Chums with enabler. Proves baby is his! What a blessing!!!! NOW TWO MEN ARE FIGHTING THE GRANDMA TO KEEP HER OUT OF HER GRANDAUGHTERS LIFE! This woman lost her Grandson and daughter by that man and you don't think she has the right to fight for their rights? You are a buch of sick people! Do you really think all of you sick pathetic people are really better then Virgie? I could put you people in a sack shake it up and turn it over and you would all fall out at the same time.

Yes, by the way I am not any relation to Virgie! I do not know her! But I would be proud to give her a very big hug......

2695 days ago
98.

Miss Vickie    

Hello everyone,

Let's not get too excited - Virgie Arthur did not instigate a custody hearing against Larry Birkhead.
Virgie Arthur has always maintained she did not want HOWARD K.STERN to have custody of her grandchild and whilst Howard K.Stern was still regarded as the "father", she instigated the custody hearing.
Virgie Arthur is very happy Larry Birkhead is Dannielynns father, she has often said so herself and after the DNA result she labelled him a "good guy".
She is not going to fight Larry Birkhead for custody, she just wants visitation rights, which is fair enough considering she is the maternal grandmother !
As long as Howard K Stern with all his devious lawsuits, appeals and nonsense keeps out of the picture, this situation will work out just fine.
Dannielynn will have a good father in Larry Birkhead, certainly the best one and best looking one out of all the contenders and hopefulls and the type of father this little girl deserves.
As an added bonus with Larry being a professional photographer, we can expect some beautiful pictures of Dannielynn as she grows up.
There's probably going to be a really good ending to this story - just watch !!

2695 days ago
99.

Miss Vickie    

I so TOTALLY agree with what is said in # 91 -

Thank you so much for showing some clarity and common sense.

2695 days ago
100.

Miss Vickie    

To add to # 91 comments re the relationship between Anna Nicole, her Mother and Dannie.
It is a known fact Howard K Stern sabotaged the relationship between Anna Nicole and her mother, he also sabotaged the relationship between Danny, Anna Nicole and her mother.

Virgie Arthur claims Anna Nicole called her after Dannie died and was inconsolable, Virgie Arthur also had trouble understanding what exactly Anna Nicole said, all she could make out was: "Dannie's gone, Dannie's gone". The phone call was then cut off.

Everyone claiming Anna Nicole was estranged from her mother - think again - if Anna Nicole hated her mother so much she would not have wanted to call her.

The estrangement was manipulated by Howard K Stern and wasn't Virgie Arthur the person warning Anna Nicole months before her death and shortly after Dannies death, she could be next if she kept hanging around the people she was hanging around with ????????

I therefore really don't know why there is a need to call Virgie Arthur such disgusting names in public forums and blame her for all that has gone wrong in Anna's life.

As # 91 says, everyone around Howard K Stern has been the victim of his manipulations and that very much includes Anna Nicoles Mum.

All she has been doing is fighting for a rightful place in her daughter's and grandchildren's life and all she can do right now is try and hang on to the only remaining survivor of her daughters family and that has NOTHING to do with money.

It has to do with family and family ties.

2695 days ago
101.

ModernGirl    

GO LARRY!!! I knew Dannielynn would be your biological daughter after she was few months old which she LOOKED MUCH LIKE AS HER DADDY. You were right all the way, Larry.

VIRGIE ARTHUR only wants a custody of Dannielynn for money, I am sure the world see her eyes as an evil bitch and gold digger. VIRGIE only cares if Anna have money!! I agree with some posts as above.


2694 days ago
102.

Mary    

8. Be Fair.

If you were in the shoes of this man, you would sell an initial story and some photos to place a good sum of the monies in your (own) established trust on behalf of your daughter AS WELL AS pay off the mounting legal fees which have continued to accrue over the past seven months (which fees continue this weekend due to the Texas camp who profess great love of the grandmother but are into this really for MONEY and LAWSUITS). If Larry Birkhead receives any monies right now that will ensure a good start while establishing a strong foundation with his daughter (debt free of lawyers, et al.) then he should sell rather than given anything away and let the monies fall into outside pockets as the monies most likely will not be there later. After this saga ends, he is fully capable of supporting himself and his daughter in other ways.

2694 days ago
103.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



Howard is CIRCLING THE DRAIN !!

2694 days ago
104.

Now Hiring    

#2 if ther ewas a perfect world , there would be no howard stern that vergie has to protect larry and dannilynn from . durrr

2694 days ago
105.

Verdict: HK$ Guilty As Sin!    

~ Wrongful Death ~

Wrongful deaths are caused by someone else’s NEGLIGLENCE, RECKLESSNESS, INACTION, or MALPRACTICE. Wrongful death can also be caused by physician’s misconduct or negligence.

When somebody is killed as a result of reckless, negligent, or deliberate behavior of another, family members can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Dependents and immediate family members (including parents, spouses, and children) are eligible to take a wrongful death lawsuit to court. Minors may need an adult guardian to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In some circumstances other family members may also be permitted to file suit.

What you must show:
1. Death of a person
2. The death was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another.
3. A family member will/has experience financial or emotional hardship as a result of the death.

Qualifying Damages:
1. Medical bills
2. Funeral bills
3. Lost wages, including future earnings
4. Lost benefits
5. Lost inheritance
6. Pain and suffering
7. Mental anguish
8. Loss of support or companionship
9. General damages
10. Punitive damages


Larry (on behalf of Dannielynn); Virgie Arthur; Donald Hogan; and Billy Smith are all eligble to file wrongful death suits against Howard K, Stern, Dr. Erosovich, and quite possibly Mo, Taz and the Gibsons that were present at the Hard Rock. It may be a stretch (but not impossible) that the case could include Mark Steines/ET and Trimspa. After all ET followed Anna around for months leading up to her death and Mark Heines even stated he had to prop her up and carry her into the house at times, clearly an indication that she needed help. Did he insist on getting her help or did he continue filming?

In my opinion, Anna's family clearly has a solid, solid case for wrongful death, especially against Howard K. Stern and Dr. Erosovich. And I'd be inclined to believe there is a rather solid case against the others too!

2694 days ago
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