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Smith's doctor feared ruin at gay pride party

Prosecutors showed jurors their most explosive evidence against Anna Nicole Smith's doctor yesterday -- journal entries in which he writes of partying with her during a gay pride parade and wonders: "Can she ruin me?"

The journals, identified by investigators who found them in Dr Sandeep Kapoor's desk in his bedroom, also showed that Kapoor was addicted to the sleeping medication Ambien in the years just before he took over Smith's treatment.

"Hung over. Gay pride parade," begins the entry from June 13, 2005. "Rode in parade with Anna Nicole."

He wrote of crowds gathering around her limousine while six police officers were keeping back the paparazzi.

He writes of drinking expensive champagne with Smith's boyfriend, Howard K Stern, in the limousine. "It was mesmerizing, watching the crowd wave at us, Anna and me all buffed out on the car," the entry says.



Excessive

Then there was the party at a club, he wrote: "Drinks, booze, orgy. I was making out with Anna, my patient, blurring the lines. I gave her Valium and Methodone. Can she ruin me?"

Kapoor, Stern and Dr Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiring to provide Smith with excessive drugs, prescribing to an addict, and prescribing to Smith under fraudulent names.

They are not charged with causing her 2007 death from a drug overdose.

On Wednesday, Dr Victor Kovner, who sold his practice to Kapoor, told of warning him not to socialise with celebrities.

California Medical Board Senior Investigator Jon Genens testified that earlier journal entries detailed the doctor's Ambien addiction.

"I didn't sleep much last night," says an entry from May 28, 2001. "I didn't have Ambien which I am now addicted to."

Nearly a year later, he wrote, "I'm addicted to Ambien. I've got to get off it."

Mr Genens said the last entry regarding Ambien addiction was in December 2003. Kapoor began treating Ms Smith in April, 2004.

Kapoor's lawyer, Ellyn Garafalo, noted that the last entry about the drug was more than three years before Kapoor wrote a prescriptions for Ambien to Stern. Mr Genens agreed.

Mr Genens noted that one of Ms Smith's medical records had the notation: "benzo addicted? To avoid." The reference to benzodiazopine sedatives was missing from the second set of files for the same day, he said.



Nefarious

In a hearing yesterday outside the jury's presence, Judge Robert Perry questioned the relevance of the documents and Deputy District Attorney David Barkhurst said, "Our contention is Dr Kapoor was creating those records after the visit for some nefarious reason."

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