Anna Nicole Smith Enablers Plead Not Guilty - NBC 6 South Florida

Anna Nicole Smith Enablers Plead Not Guilty

The Playboy Bunny's boy toy and doctors claim they didn't provide her with an assortment of prescription drugs

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    Anna Nicole Smith Enablers Plead Not Guilty
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    Anna Nicole Smith smiles with her attorney Howard Stern at the WBC Heavyweight Championship elimination fight between Samuel Peter and James Toney at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on January 6, 2007. (Photo by Doug Murray/WireImage)

    And so the circus begins again. This time they are sending in the clowns.

    Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend and two doctors pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles on Wednesday to charges they conspired to provide prescription drugs to the former model before her overdose death two years ago.

    The allegations have breathed new life into a case that placed the media spotlight on South Florida and a corpse.

    The 39-year-old Smith died of an accidental overdose in her Seminole Hard Rock hotel room in 2007. What followed soon afterward was a soap opera-like courtroom saga that had a cast of new characters capitalizing on the media attention.

    There was a crying judge, the misfit mom, a weasel lawyer-turned-boyfriend, and a million-dollar baby.

    Howard K. Stern and Drs. Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor appeared today before Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau and only said "yes" when she asked if they were pleading not guilty.

    Prosecutors allege Stern was the principal enabler in a conspiracy to provide Smith thousands of prescription pills.

    The commissioner granted a motion requiring each defendant to provide a handwriting sample and she scheduled a June 8 court date to determine when a preliminary hearing in the case will begin.