Snuggling photos with Anna Nicole might hurt official

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas – Photographs of Anna Nicole Smith in bed embracing the Bahamian immigration minister who approved her application for permanent residency here revived a political scandal in the islands Monday. Also Monday, the son-in-law of the American developer embroiled in an ownership dispute over the Nassau mansion where Smith was living said he found methadone in her bedroom refrigerator when he went to secure the estate following her death in Florida last week. A private pathologist has said methadone contributed to the death of Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, in the Bahamas in September. Daniel Smith died while visiting his mother and newborn half-sister in a Bahamas hospital and an inquest into his death in the Bahamas is planned. In Los Angeles, Prince Frederic von Anhalt said Monday that he plans to file a paternity challenge to gain custody of Smith’s infant daughter, even if it costs him his marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor. The baby stands to potentially inherit a fortune from Smith’s late husband, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. Von Anhalt, 59, and Gabor, 90, have been married for more than 20 years. The news of her husband’s alleged affair has deeply upset Gabor, according to von Anhalt. “She says, of course, `If you bring a baby home then it’s over,”‘ he said. “If my wife wants to divorce me then it’s up to her.” Two photographs published on the front page of The Tribune of Nassau on Monday showed Smith and Immigration Minister Shane Gibson, both fully clothed, embracing on a bed decorated with pink flowers and a white ribbon. In one of the photos, they look into each other’s eyes, their faces only a couple of inches apart. Gibson, an elected member of Parliament from the ruling Progressive Liberal Party, has already been accused of showing Smith preferential treatment by fast-tracking her residency application last year. With general elections due this spring, many said the photographs, taken in Smith’s bedroom, could damage the ruling party. Cassius Stuart, leader of the Bahamas Democratic Movement, said Gibson has “shamed” the Bahamas and called for him to resign. “He should do the right thing and step down,” he told reporters outside Smith’s Nassau residence. The BDM is a small opposition party with no seats in parliament. Opposition leader Hubert Ingraham called for a police investigation of Gibson’s role in granting Smith residency. Gibson did not return calls seeking comment. But government spokesman Al Dillette dismissed any suggestion of impropriety. “Minister Gibson is a friend of Anna Nicole, and that’s all a matter of public record,” he said. John Marquis, managing editor of The Tribune, declined to say who provided the photographs. He said he published them because of their potential political impact. Ron Rale, a lawyer for Smith and representative of her most recent companion, Stern, scrambled Monday to keep control over items he said were stolen from the mansion over the weekend, including images from a computer taken from the house. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If the court rules in my favor, I will go to the Bahamas and pick up the child,” he said, adding that he would ask for a DNA test. Smith’s companion Howard K. Stern and her former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, also have claimed paternity of 5-month-old Dannielynn. Alexander Denk, who had worked as a bodyguard for Smith, told the television newsmagazine “Extra” that he had an affair with Smith, and that it’s possible he is the father. Denk’s attorney, Cyrus Nownejad, did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment. Ron Rale, a lawyer for Smith, also did not immediately return a message. last_img

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