Judge bars talk of Smith-doc relationship

LOS ANGELES Smith's bodyguard, /*Maurice Brighthaupt*/, returned to the witness stand in a preliminary hearing for /*Dr. Khristine Eroshevich*/, /*Dr. Sandeep Kapoor*/ and Smith's lawyer-boyfriend, /*Howard K. Stern*/.

Brighthaupt described vitamin shots, nothing stronger given by Eroshevich, Smith's neighbor, psychiatrist and close friend. Time and again the prosecution's key witness appeared to help the defense.

Eroshevich, Stern and Kapoor are accused of conspiring and using fraud to administer drugs to Smith, an addict.

"Dr. Eroshevich cared deeply for Anna and would have never done anything to hurt her," said attorney Adam Braun, who represents Eroshevich.

Brighthaupt says Smith demanded drugs. He described her deep depression after her son Danny died of an overdose. He said that in October 2006, one month after Smith's son died, she went into the swimming pool outside her hotel suite, fell off a float and sank to the bottom. He said he fished her out and did CPR to revive her.

Smith also suffered from back problems and pain from a C-section when she delivered her daughter, Dannielynn.

The government presented evidence that Eroshevich prescribed multiple medications and had them shipped to Smith in the Bahamas.

Yet Brighthaupt said he and the psychiatrist talked about weaning her off the meds. That Eroshevich would take pills out of the bottles and replace them with placebos, sugar pills.

Brighthaupt says Stern was the one who helped Smith take the drugs. During his testimony, the bodyguard recalled walking in on Stern as he heated a spoon full of valium tablets over a lighter to liquefy and prepare it for injection.

In court, Stern was seen shaking his head.

There was a moment in the questioning that got everyone's attention.

The prosecutor asked about a relationship between Smith and Eroshevich. Brighthaupt's response was that they were "like mother and daughter."

When the bodyguard was asked whether a sexual relationship existed between the two women, Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry objected.

Saying he wanted to avoid "a circus sideshow," Judge Perry barred prosecutors from asking Brighthaupt whether a sexual relationship existed.

All three defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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