By Art Harris, (c)www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
In this video flashback–we’re serving up the first in a series of memory jogs to offer inquest-watchers clues to the characters in the sad and twisted tragedy of Hollywood dreams, sex, drugs, greed and lies.
Check out the “good friend” who said Anna asked him to grab all her private items from her home should anything happen to her, then answer our poll questions:
Do you buy it? Did Anna consider FS a friend when she died? Should investigators trust him? Do YOU believe him? Do you think Ford and father in law, G. Ben Thompson, will actually show up for the inquest they have been so vocal about?
Oh, and please help us understand another Ford conundrum video at the end of our piece–in one interview, he says he’s well aware of Anna’s drugs and how to administer them, including methadone, and later, with my old friend, Geraldo Rivera, appears totally dumbfounded about her medicine chest.
We’ll be bringing you more on the clown tape Shelley took from the house the day after she died, but for now, ponder our first news clip, shot by a friend of Anna’s, and later shown on FOX News. It shows the ex-Playboy centerfold locking her so called pal Ford Shelley out of Horizons — and out of her life.
It’s about a month after her son, Daniel, had been buried last fall. Shelley showed up to press Anna to sign a mortgage on a house she says was a gift from his father in law, Ben Thompson, the real estate developer who has since thrown in the towel for a title fight in court over the house he once claimed to own.
Here, Anna tells Ford he’s like all the other users in her life, in this case, pressuring a grief-stricken mother to sign a mortgage for a house she believes she owns, threatening her with eviction and daring to charge several hundred thousand dollars more than the purchase price.
In an interview with a real estate magazine, Shelley boasted not only that he owned the place, but intended to sell it for $10 million, gloating that celebrity inflation from Anna Nicole having lived there would be his ticket to ride.
Meanwhile, sources tell me investigators in the California probe of Anna Nicole’s doctors’ who prescribed her drugs have taken possession of the so called Clown Video, or at least whatever edited version Shelley has turned over.
But Stern lawyer Lin Wood tells me in an exclusive interview he’s put investigators on notice it’s stolen property. Like Florida authorities who had no probable cause to search Anna’s computer Shelley took from Horizons the day after she died, and had to obtain Stern’s permission to view its contents, Wood says California prosecutors will have to do the same thing, if they intend to use the clown tape as evidence. “We’ve got no problem showing it, as long as Howard can be there when they play it, to make sure it’s the original tape,” he told me. “No telling what version they were given.”
Sources close to the California Bureau of Narcotics probe tell us investigators are now finally becoming aware of accusers with multiple agendas to railroad Stern and company in the name of justice, and are factoring in circumstances and motives of accusers like Shelley, Thompson, Team Virgie, and others, who may have a financial stake in the outcome of any prosecution.
In an exclusive interview with The Bald Truth in May, Shelley was asked why he’d jacked up the house price at least a quarter million dollars? He explained he was merely passing on the cost of flying Anna from California to South Carolina to Nassau, sparing no expense, and using his private plane, even though he failed to disclose his accounting to Anna in advance.
Here, he tells her his Daddy In Law, G. Ben Thompson, said she could pay for the house when she could afford it, but the day after her son was buried, tried to have her evicted. Asked why Thompson was taking this route, Shelley reportedly told Stern, “I asked Ben and he said, ‘Let the chips fall where they may.’”
Meanwhile, GBT remains on trial in the Bahamas (in absentia, since he’s skipped every hearing so far) for contempt in connection with allegedly violating court orders allowing Anna to live at Horizons until a court decided title–and faces possible jail if convicted, according to one attorney for Stern.
At the same time, Thompson failed to put up a $100,000 cash bond demanded by the Bahamas Supreme Court to pursue the title fight–and Shelley kept telling me by phone the money was coming, but it never did. For some reason Thompson suddenly dropped his lawsuit to pursue ownership. “I don’t think he wanted to throw good money after bad,” one of his Bahamian attorneys confided.
Meanwhile, sources close to the California drug probe of Anna Nicole’s doctors tell me investigators planned to contact Broward County’s chief homicide prosecutor Brian Cavanaugh to learn more about his dealings with Team Virgie.
Sources tell me Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office was unaware of letters obtained by The Bald Truth indicating how pressure was applied by former FBI agent Don Clark to reopen a closed investigation with no new evidence, but failed, and their interest was further piqued that one of Stern’s most vocal accusers had a colorful criminal history — G. Ben Thompson, the Myrtle Beach businessman who was released in 1988 from federal prison after serving three years for smuggling marijuana (via the Bahamas) and tax evasion.
Stern tells me Anna Nicole was unaware of his pin-striped past when they briefly dated.
In a recent interview, Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward County’s Medical Examiner, told me he’s been in close contact with California investigators and has opened his files to fully cooperate, but said it appeared to be a complex investigation and less clear-cut than at first blush, since the two states had different statutes regarding what constituted a criminal violation in writing and filling medical prescriptions.
Sources close to the drug probe tell me Stern’s accusers hoped to use the Clown video as evidence to show Smith was totally “gorked” out on drugs, and charge her doctor at the time with prescribing narcotics to a known addict, a violation of California law and medical ethics.
But that attempt may go down the drain Wednesday night in the Bahamas, when the Bahamian film festival shows what some critics say has become an underground cult hit, “Illegal Aliens,” the film about a ditzy space alien Anna Nicole finished before she died.
Stern says the character she plays in the film, “Lucy,” is almost identical to the clown-faced goofball portrayed on the stolen clown video Shelley has been touting on talk shows as proof of an Anna on drugs.
“Anna liked to mess with people,” Stern said. “That was just Anna, and that’s what she was doing with Riley at the house. When I told her she was scaring her, she cut it out. But Shelley obviously cut that part out of the tape.”
The Bald Truth has also learned the next hearing for Smith’s doctor’s in California has been put off until February, after a brief hearing last week in Los Angeles Superior Court determined some patient records would remain under seal, according to court spokesperson Sandi Gibbons.
Shelley on Anna’s Drugs: Bald Truth Investigation Reveals A Tale of Two Fords