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Smith bodyguard quizzed at trial

Anna Nicole Smith's bodyguard has been questioned about schemes to profit from his association with the former Playboy model.

Defence lawyers in the drug conspiracy trial attempted to discredit previous evidence from Maurice Brighthaupt, who told of signing contracts with Access Hollywood for a total of 50,000 dollars to provide pictures and interviews after the Playboy model died in 2007 from an overdose.

He said Anna Nicole had given him a camera memory card with more than 100 photographs.

Among the pictures he provided was one of him in bed with Anna Nicole and her newborn baby, Dannielynn, he said, and images of the casket and hearse that carried the body of her son, Daniel, after his death.

Brighthaupt testified last week about drug use by Anna Nicole.

The exchange began the second week of the trial of Anna Nicole's lawyer-boyfriend Howard K Stern and her doctors Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor. They have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide Anna Nicole excessive amounts of opiates and sedatives. They have not been charged with her death.

The defence also sought to quiz Brighthaupt about a scheme detailed in deposition testimony in which he said he and another person planned to sell pictures of the newborn girl for one million dollars.

The judge, who at first agreed to allow the testimony, later barred the bodyguard from addressing the issue in front of the jury because he said it might be too inflammatory.

Brighthaupt, who was forthcoming on direct examination by the prosecutor last week, told Stern's lawyer, Steve Sadow, he could not remember exact dates and claimed to have had "a little stroke" that blurred his memory of some events.

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