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Nanny says Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend urged the model to take drugs

October 29, 2009 |  6:28 pm

A Bahamian nanny who cared for Anna Nicole Smith’s newborn daughter says the model’s boyfriend cajoled Smith into taking prescription drugs that left her slurring her words and confined to bed for days at a time, according to court testimony Thursday.

A California state narcotics investigator told a judge weighing evidence against Smith’s longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, that nanny Nadine Alexie recounted multiple instances when the onetime Playboy playmate refused pills and injections.

“Howard would talk her into it,” Special Agent Danny Santiago quoted the nanny as saying in an interview last month.

He said Alexie recalled Stern telling Smith, who was grieving the death of her son, “If you don’t take your medication, you are going to start crying.”

The agent testified at a preliminary hearing to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try Stern and two physicians on charges of illegally providing prescription medication to Smith, who died from an overdose in 2007 at the age of 39.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry could rule as early as Friday.

Alexie worked an overnight shift at Smith’s home in the Bahamas for three months in 2006. She told investigators that Smith was “sober” about 10% to 15% of the time, but spent the rest in bed “knocked out,” Santiago said.

He said she claimed that before television interviews, Smith stopped taking all drugs and was able to behave normally. “After everybody left ... two or three days later, bam! Back in bed,” he quoted Alexie as saying.

An attorney for Stern, Steven Sadow, told the judge that Alexie was an unreliable witness whose account had changed. Before Smith’s death, the lawyer said, Alexie blamed Smith for her use of prescription drugs. Since her death, he said, “it’s ‘Howard did everything.’ ”

—Harriet Ryan