An attorney for the former boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith has filed a second lawsuit against the reality TV star alleging fraud and conspiracy, his lawyer said.
The lawsuit was filed in the Bahamas, where Smith has been since the birth of her daughter, on behalf of photographer Larry Birkhead, his attorney Debra Opri said Thursday.
Birkhead has been seeking a paternity test, claiming he is the father of Smith's 6-week-old baby girl, named Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. The paternity suit was filed in California.
In the new lawsuit, Birkhead alleges Smith provided fraudulent information when applying for her daughter's birth certificate in the Bahamas. Smith identified her lawyer, Howard K. Stern, as the father. The lawsuit asks Stern's name be deleted from the girl's birth certificate and replaced with Birkhead.
"It will be up to this government entity to pursue any criminal investigation against either Anna Nicole Smith and or Howard K. Stern," Opri said outside court.
A hearing in the paternity lawsuit scheduled for Thursday was delayed until early next week.
Opri said Birkhead has retained a law firm in Nassau to handle the new lawsuit. Both Smith and Stern have 14 days to respond, Opri said.
Birkhead, appearing somber in a black suit, spoke briefly.
"I am the father of Dannielynn and I think this is ... a crime," he said. "I expect to be reunited with my daughter with the help of my attorneys."
Smith's attorney in Los Angeles, Ronald Rale, said he has not seen the new lawsuit and criticized Birkhead and his attorney for attacking Smith.
"People are free to allege anything they want. But in the end, you better be able to back up your allegations," Rale said.
Meanwhile, authorities have been investigating whether Smith legally obtained permanent residency in the Bahamas, the country's immigration director said Thursday.
The probe centers on whether Smith purchased the $1 million (Ђ790,000) Bahamian mansion she claimed in a residency application, immigration director Vernon Burrows told The Associated Press.
Gaither B. Thompson, a developer from Myrtle Beach, S.C., has said he still owns the house where the 38-year-old Smith moved while pregnant. Smith's lawyers have said she moved to the island nation seeking privacy during her pregnancy.
Smith's daughter was born Sept. 7. Three days later, Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, died while visiting her in a Nassau hospital. The results of official toxicology tests and a police investigation into his death have not been publicly released.
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