A mixed verdict has been returned in the case against two doctors and the manager/boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith, who were accused of obtaining and giving Smith medication illegally before her drug overdose death at age 39. Boyfriend and manager Howard K. Stern was found guilty of two felony counts of conspiracy for obtaining prescription drugs for Smith in his own name, but was acquitted of seven other charges related to supplying drugs to Smith. After the verdict, he said, "Everything related to the appropriateness of the medication, I was acquitted of. ... What the jury did find me guilty of were two conspiracy counts limited exclusively to my name being used on medication for Anna. Now, this was done to protect Anna Nicole's privacy and it was nothing more than that." Smith's psychiatrist, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, was found guilty of four criminal counts, including two counts of conspiracy and two charges of prescribing and furnishing sedatives and opiates to an addict. On her way out of court, Eroshevich said she was "disappointed" with the verdict. "Both defendants are looking at possible maximum of at least three years in state prison," when they are sentenced Jan. 6, said D.A. spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. Smith's personal physician, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted of all six of the criminal charges he faced, including two counts of conspiracy. Smith died Feb. 8, 2007, five months after the drug-related death of her son Daniel, 20, and the birth of her daughter, Dannielynn, who is being raised by father Larry Birkhead.
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The editor of Shape magazine got so many complaints for putting LeAnn Rimes on the October cover of the magazine that she sent subscribers an apology and said she did not mean to "put a husband-stealer on a pedestal." Readers objected to the cover photo of the bikini-clad Rimes, who left her husband, Dean Sheremet, and moved in with Eddie Cibrian, the husband of Brandi Glanville and father of Glanville's two young children. Editor-in-chief Valerie Latona's email said, "You are all in good company (why I'm e-mailing you all together) as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover. ... Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal — but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment. But it did not come across that way ... And for that I'm terribly sorry. I hope that we can do better the next time for those of you that will give us another chance." The note was signed, "Humbly, Valerie."
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Lynn Patridge, far left, apologized for her obscenity-filled rant that was recorded Wednesday night, a day after her daughter, Audrina, was booted from "Dancing With the Stars." Lynn Patridge also said she had been drinking before she launched into the diatribe outside Hollywood hotspot Beso. On camera, she said, "Audrina is going to f––ing rise. ... She's got class ... She's a Polish, Catholic, f––ing full-on Italian. Not only that, she was raised right." A friend attempted to end the interview but Patridge resisted. "I've been a celebrity mom for eight years through this Hills bull–," she said, "but Audrina is going to the next level ... She's got it in her. She's a sweetie." About her daughter's elimination from DWTS, she said, "Last night, she f––--g kicked a– . . . It's all show business, baby, the show must go on." Asked about her daughter's co-stars on "The Hills," Lynn Patridge called the women "tramps" and Lauren Conrad a "b----." After sobering up, Lynn Patridge said, "I was extremely emotional after her elimination -– it just came as such a shock. ... I want to apologize for offending anyone." She added, "I am sincerely sorry for the negative things I said in the heat of the moment. ... As a mother, there is no pain in this world like seeing your children upset. I am so proud of my daughter and all she has accomplished on 'Dancing with the Stars.'"
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Céline Dion and husband René Angelil have named their twin sons Nelson and Eddy, both after men they admire. Eddy is named after Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer's first five records. "He was like a father to her," says Dion's rep. "Eddy is a major influence in both Céline and René's lives." Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela, whom Dion met two years ago while kicking off her world tour in South Africa. "René said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is," says the rep. "Céline and René want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men," the rep adds. Before announcing the names, Dion hinted that the family was experienceing a clash of cultures. "I’ve read nearly 15,000 names and nothing has stuck!" Dion told Gala magazine. "Because [9-year-old son] René-Charles goes to school in the United States, he’s suggested English first names. My mother, on the other hand, has been hinting about very French first names and we’re going a little bit crazy trying to decide." She also told Gala, “Honestly if I had a choice, certainly I’d have liked to have a girl. But the day I learned that I was expecting two boys, I wasn’t disappointed. It was a day of tremendous joy. I’m truly happy. Everything went well and the babies are in good health. That’s all that counts.".
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Billy Ray Cyrus was praying for strength and spiritual support on the day he filed papers seeking to dissolve his 17-year marriage to wife Tish. The singer and father of Miley Cyrus posted lines from Psalm 91 on his Twitter feed: "He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you shall take refuge," it reads. "Truth will be your shield and buckler." In another post, he wrote, "Can I ask for your prayers this morning for my children...our troops...the hungry...the sick...the homeless. AMEN." Cyrus is seeking joint custody of the couple's three children, Miley, who turns 18 in November, Braison, 16, and Noah, 10. The papers also said that Cyrus "will request the court to equitably divide the marital estate."
-- Anne Neville