Anna Nicole Smith’s former assistant, Kim Walther, has spoken out for the first time, telling Entertainment Tonight that Smith’s greatest role still was ahead of her.
“She wanted five more kids, and she had whole chests full of girl clothes that she had been saving over the years,” Walther, who was known as “Kimmie” on the 2004 E! reality program The Anna Nicole Show, tells ET.
“I hope I’m given [the opportunity to tell baby Dannielynn about her mother one day],” she adds. “I just want her to know that her mom really was an amazing person, and loved her, and I would like to tell her the good things, you know?”
As for Dannielynn’s parentage, “[Anna] told me she didn’t know who the father was,” says Walther, who then goes on to say, “She told me, let’s see – I guess around Christmastime or shortly after New Year’s – that Howard [K. Stern] was the baby’s father.”
Walther also says she was a witness to Smith’s signing of her will. “I haven’t recently read the will, so I can’t really say what’s in there,” says Walther. “I do know that at the time she signed it, she was sound, mind and body, and that’s what she had intended.” (Last week it was revealed that the entire estate was left to Smith’s son Daniel, who died in September.)
As for the will’s executor, Stern, Walther says, “I would never think that he would do anything to harm either Daniel or Anna. Anna was his entire world. I can’t even imagine what he’s going through. I know what I’m going through is hard, but Howard, he’s been with her for these last couple of years that I haven’t been there, and I really wish people would leave him alone.”
Walther also states that an Internet site that purports to be hers and which offers negative comments about Stern is the work of an imposter and does not involve her in any way.
“I called to let [Howard] know about this Web site that somebody has put up using my name and claiming to be me,” she says. “[The site is] basically slandering Howard and accusing him of things like being responsible for the death of Anna Nicole and Daniel. I told him that it’s not from me and that I had nothing to do with it and those aren’t my feelings or sentiments at all.”
To see a video clip with more of Walther’s comments click here.
Meanwhile, a private hearing in the Bahamas to determine who will get custody of Dannielynn is expected to resume Monday between Stern and Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, the Associated Press reports. The judge in that case has stopped Stern from taking the 5-month-old out of the Bahamas until the matter is decided.
Also seeking guardianship of the girl is photojournalist Larry Birkhead, who, like Stern, claims to be the father of Dannielynn. “I’ll go anywhere I have to,” Birkhead said outside Florida’s Broward County Circuit Court, where a custody battle over Anna Nicole’s remains recently wrapped up. (A court-appointed attorney for Dannielynn was granted the rights. However, Smith’s mother has filed an appeal to the ruling.)
Birkhead’s lawyers said they planned to go to the Bahamas on Monday to request custody of the baby.