NY FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT ALLEGEDLY DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS ABOUT ANNA NICOLE SMITH’S ATTORNEY/COMPANION SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO A JURY
Last Wednesday, on August 12, 2009, a federal district court judge in New York ruled that the defamation case filed by Anna Nicole Smith’s former attorney and companion, Howard K. Stern, against the publisher and author of the book “Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death” should proceed to trial against the author, MSNBC investigative reporter, Rita Cosby. Judge Dennis Chin’s decision provides several interesting legal tidbits as well as a glimpse into the media frenzy that followed Smith and her death.
“Blonde Ambition” made several explosive revelations about Smith, Stern, and Larry Birkhead, Smith’s other love interest and father of her baby, Dannielyn. Cosby wrote among other things that (a) Smith caught Stern and Birkhead having oral sex with each other at a party in Los Angeles, (b) Smith remarked that Stern was gay, (c) Smith watched a sex tape of Stern and Birkhead on a regular basis as witnessed by her nannies, (d) Stern regularly “pimped” out Smith to others to have sex with and (e) Stern played a role in Smith’s death. As expected, these revelations made Cosby’s book an instant best-seller. However, also as expected, Stern was none too pleased with the contents of that book — and sued Cosby and her publisher for defamation in New York.
The following are the highlights of Judge Chin’s decision. You can see a copy of Judge Chin’s ruling here.