Court rules photographer is father of Nicole Smith’s child
DNA test shows Birkhead is ‘99.9999 per cent’ likely parent
A celebrity photographer was yesterday ruled the father of late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith’s baby daughter, ending a paternity battle over the child who could inherit a fortune.
Larry Birkhead, 34, emerged triumphantly onto the steps of a Bahamas courthouse to declare that paternity tests had revealed he was “99.9999” per cent certain to be the biological father of sevenmonth old Dannielynn.
“I hate to be the one who told you this — but I told you so!” Birkhead told media and cheering onlookers. “My baby’s going to be coming home.”
The ruling wiped out rival paternity claims by Smith’s long-time companion, Howard Stern, and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband Frederic van Anhalt who had filed a separate lawsuit claiming he had fathered Dannielynn.
Dannielynn may inherit millions if lawyers for Smith’s estate are successful in obtaining a slice of the fortune belonging to her late ex-husband, billionaire oil tycoon Howard Marshall.
Yesterday ruling was the latest twist to a tabloid saga that has gripped America since Smith died from an accidental drug overdose in a Florida hotel room on February 8.
Michael Baird, the doctor who performed the DNA test, said the results had shown Birkhead was “99.9999 per cent” likely to be the father. Asked what’s next, he replied: “I’m going to the toy store.”
Reports have said Dannielynn’s maternal grandmother, Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur will seek custody of the child. Stern has said Smith had sworn before her death she would never allow her estranged mother to have a relationship with her granddaughter.