Friday, October 20, 2006

Anna Nicole Smith Won't Give Daughter Paternity Test

An attorney for Anna Nicole Smith said Friday the reality TV star has no intention of submitting her 6-week-old daughter for paternity testing as demanded by an ex-boyfriend.

A lawsuit filed by photographer Larry Birkhead seeks a court order for Smith to bring the girl to California for a DNA test. A birth certificate lists her current companion, Howard K. Stern, as the father of Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.

"Why should she accommodate him at all?" asked Bahamian attorney Wayne Munroe in an interview with The Associated Press. "I don't think she's going to run her life according to his wishes."

An attorney for Birkhead, Debra Opri, said she is traveling to the Bahamas this weekend to take depositions from Smith and Stern on Monday. She said Smith has been served with multiple notices of her request for a meeting.

"We're going to get that paternity test," Opri said in an interview from Los Angeles. "It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but I'm not going away."

A hearing on Birkhead's lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court has been scheduled for Oct. 26. If he is confirmed to be the father, he could receive visitation or custody rights and possibly a large amount of child support.

Anna Nicole Smith, who moved to the Bahamas while pregnant with her daughter and obtained permanent residency, plans to stay indefinitely, Munroe said.


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