Larry Burkhead is critiquing the new Anna Nicole Smith doc.
Anna Nicole Smith: You Don't Know Me Dropped Tuesday on Netflix. Birkhead, who has been raising the daughter he shared with Anna Nicole since her 2007 death, denied participating in the film and called it a “cesspool” in a stinging statement.
“We declined to participate because I didn't want my daughter to go down the drain of an extremely poorly reviewed project about her mother, where some people were allowed to invent things and rewrite history was,” Burkhead said. entertainment tonight From myself and 16 year old Danielle. “I'm looking forward to a true definitive Anna Nicole project where her truth can be heard from her perspective and by the people who really knew her best and not just another ‘wash, rinse and repeat' Anna Nicole project” Anna really deserved better and that day will come.” (Burkhead did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment's request for comment.)
Ursula McFarlane, who directed the project, described by Netflix as a “humanistic examination of the life, death and secrets of Vicky Lynn Hogan – better known as model and actress Anna Nicole Smith,” previously told Yahoo Entertainment that she Birkhead was approached to participate in the project as an “important” person in Anna Nicole's life. However, after they “had several talks” that were “very cordial … In the end, we could not agree to the terms that they had.”
McFarlane makes a similar point in the press note for the documentary. Netflix says it has no new comment following Birkhead's statement.
Birkhead has earned a largely favorable reputation over the years for keeping Danielle out of the limelight in her native Kentucky, following Anna Nicole's accidental drug overdose at age 39. The father was not there and in Model's last years his lawyer, Howard K. Went to the Bahamas with Stern. However, Birkhead was cast in a negative light by her friends – and others – who attended the doc.
Kevin Smith, a tabloid journalist, claimed in the document that Birkhead, a freelance celebrity photographer, “knew the power of celebrity portraits firsthand” when he met Anna Nicole at a Kentucky Derby gala in May 2003, so as soon as When he met Anna Nicole Smith the lightbulb went off over his head” and he realized that being with her “could be quite fascinating.”
East Survivor contestant Mitchell Olsen, who was friends Slacker The cover model, said she met Birkhead soon after. To her, the relationship seemed transactional, like the shutterbug would father a Trimspa spokeswoman's child and move on. They claimed to have visited Anna Nicole's home when they were trying to conceive, and that Birkhead “wasn't staying in her room. He had his own room.”
Olsson claimed that he was privy to the details of the man Anna Nicole was looking for to father a child and that this included anyone who would not receive visitation rights, reparations or legal custody of the child. Will be able to claim from He added, “There were some pretty squishy peripherals around her having a child with someone, so I thought she was on the same page.”
not long after, Anna Nicole made her the infamous pregnancy announcement, It's unclear when, but behind the scenes, Anna Nicole began telling people that Stern was the father.
Stern's sister Bonnie Gale is in the film and claimed that Anna Nicole sent her an email saying, “Guess what?! You're going to be an Auntie.” Gayle said that his parents were also told the news and were shocked, however, it is unclear when exactly it was.
Olson says that Anna Nicole told Stern, “‘You can be a father. We'll do it together! ‘” Storyline” for tabloid-obsessed Anna Nicole.
However, it was clear that Burkhead was not going to let that happen. Olson recalled Anna Nicole sending him an AOL instant message, which read, “F***. F***. F****. The guy is trying to get custody. He's so mean.” He's always wanted a name for himself. M. Well, he got it. He added that it was “really clear that Anna Nicole didn't want to share custody … she just wanted the baby — no strings attached.”
Pol ‘Ateu, friend of Anna Nicole and star of Prime gown and out in Beverly Hills, Said,Anna never wanted anything from Larry. Anna wanted Larry to leave her alone. The truth is: He couldn't stand it.”
Anna Nicole's next move was to fly to the Bahamas, where it would be difficult for Birkhead to bring up the child. She gave birth to a baby girl on September 7, 2006 – who was named Hannah Rose Marshall Stern. However, Anna Nicole's 20-year-old son Daniel died of an accidental overdose while visiting her in the hospital. The child's name was then changed to Danielle Hope Marshall Stern.
Birkhead waged a paternity battle. While the fight was going on in February 2007, Anna Nicole died of an accidental drug overdose. A DNA test proved that Burkhead was the father, he took custody and legally gave her his last name.
It is not clear what circumstances prevented Birkhead from appearing before the doctor. It could be that he wanted a consulting producer credit, as he got on Smith for two ABC News projects (Tragic Beauty: Anna Nicole Smith more in 2021 Anna Nicole Smith: Tenth Anniversary in 2017) or that they may have failed to pay for any of their photographs that have potentially been licensed for film. He also wanted to say who gave the commentary in the film.
In an ABC News interview, Birkhead, who has said he dated Anna Nicole from August 2005 to February 2006, talked about their relationship, making it clear that it was complicated, but also that he only had one. Not signed as a sperm donor.
“Nobody ever knew I was her boyfriend,” she said Said In 2017. “The whole time we dated, if you watch all the videos, I'm in the back carrying my camera bag. Bit controlling,” comparing their relationship to the 1989 film war of roses but said once he had had enough and threatened to leave, “he said, ‘if you go and pack, you're going to feel really stupid because' … and he took my hand and he Put him on his stomach, and he said, ‘Because we're going to have a baby.'”
However, the turmoil continued during the pregnancy, when Birkhead expressed concern about all the prescribed painkillers she was taking and whether it affected the unborn child. He is said to have driven five months pregnant Anna Nicole to the Bahamas and taken Birkhead out of the ice. At the time of Anna Nicole's death, she had been prescribed 1,500 pills, including methadone, over a period of one month.
Birkhead, now a real estate investor, and Danielle go out only once a year to attend the same Kentucky Derby party at which he met Anna Nicole. She has stated that after a one-off tribute to her mother for Guess Kids in 2013, she has shown no interest in modeling, and is just focused on homework and friends. He has started visiting colleges. Larry has a storage space full of Anna Nicole memorabilia that he has kept for his daughter, showing her in footage that aired on 20/20,
Birkhead has kept the late star's story positive for her child. Marking the anniversary of Anna Nicole's death last year, he posted on social media calling his ex “truly one of a kind.” She wrote that while she “struggled for love and acceptance” during her life, her “love lives on today, with her mother's smile, beauty and courage as a truly compassionate teenager … We love you Anna Nicole.”