Howard K. Stern pleads not guilty to drug charges, conspiracy

Anna Nicole Smith’s former boyfriend and two of her physicians pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday to charges of illegally providing prescription drugs to the reality star and former Playboy model.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Howard K. Stern is charged with conspiracy to illegally furnish Smith with thousands of prescription pills. In their court filing, prosecutors say that all three knew Smith was an addict and were warned that the prescriptions the doctors were writing were dangerous. The charges are the culmination of a two-year, multi-agency investigation.

It is alleged that this drug use is what lead to the 39-year-old’s fatal overdose two years ago.
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