Anna Nicole Smith’s bodyguard, Maurice Brighthaupt, testified on Wednesday during a hearing for Howard K. Stern, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, the Associated Press reported.
The hearing was held to determine if the three will “stand trial for conspiring to illegally provide Smith with controlled substances,” the AP reported. Brighthaupt said, “This whole situation — I just have to say something and get it out of me or I’m going to die.”
He testified that he witnessed Stern – Smith’s boyfriend and lawyer – inject were with a sedative after she begged for a sleep aid. Brighthaupt also said he saw Smith inject herself twice and Eroshevich – her psychiatrist -‚ inject her once, but he did not know what the injections contained.
The bodyguard also said that Eroshevich provided Smith with a bottle of chloral hydrate to help her sleep when her son died in 2006, and that he also saw Eroshevich bring Smith a bottle of liquid that she started to drink by spoon, but then it was “straight bottle to the mouth, a gulp.” Chloral hydrate was indentified during the autopsy as the primary cause of Smith’s death.
Brighthaupt has also that Stern repeatedly injected Smith, and told of one particular instance when he found Stern melting Valium pills with a ligher and spoon, then draw it up in a syringe and inject it into Smith.
Stern’s lawyer told the AP he believes Brighthaupt has reason to lie, but did not explain. Like many people in Smith’s life, he’s wrapped tightly in the legal battle and was involved in the fight for her estate.
Meanwhile, Larry Birkhead also testified on Wednesday and proved through DNA evidence that he is the father of Smith’s daughter.
The hearings have continued today.
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