Howard K. Stern, right, companion of Anna Nicole Smith, is one of three people charged in the case. The ruling came on the third day of a preliminary hearing for Howard K. Stern -- Smith's lawyer and companion -- and co-defendants Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr.
She was named Playboy 's Playmate of the Year in In , she wed year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, who soon died. Smith spent years fighting for a share of her late husband's estate.
T he order settles alawsuit filed last year by Howard K. Gerald Johnson and his wife from distributing the tapes of the former Playboy Playmate and reality star who died last year. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff issued preliminary injunctions against the Johnsons more than a year ago before issuing his final decision. Stern maintained that Smith never consented to the taping or to allowing the footage to be seen by Los Angeles memorabilia dealer Thomas Riccio, who got tapes from the Johnsons, according to court records. He said he gave Riccio permission to use the video after Smith died of a drug overdose in February in Florida.
Before she died in , Anna Nicole Smith was investigated by the FBI in connection with an alleged murder plot against the son of her late oil tycoon husband, but the former Playboy Playmate was never prosecuted. Pierce Marshall. Marshall fought to keep Smith from inheriting his father J. Howard Marshall's multi-million dollar estate after he died in , less than a year after marrying Smith.