Think what you want about
Anna Nicole Smith’s marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was 60-plus
years her senior. But the one thing we can all probably agree on is that the
late Playmate’s daughter, Dannielynn, is innocent. After all, she’s only six
years old—far too young to engage in gold digging—although a new court ruling
suggests she won’t ever have to marry a man for money, since she’ll be loaded
After years of court
battles over J. Howard’s inheritance (he estimated to be wroth $500 million to
$1 billion), a judge has ruled
that Dannielynn is entitled to as much as $49 million from J. Howard’s estate.
Marshalls’ late son, E. Pierce Marshall, had fought Smith’s claim on his
inheritance. A judge ruled that the state’s lawyers had concealed legal
documents, entitling the six-year-old to sizable chunk of cash in sanctions.
“Pierce’s bad faith
conduct was too pervasive and too egregious to be ignored, despite the fact
that he has since passed away. It would promote disrespect for the authority of
the federal courts to turn a blind eye to actions that so willfully and
blatantly attempted to make a mockery of this justice system. Further, it would
reward a party for win-at-all-costs tactics, to the deprivation of his
opponent. Such behavior cannot be condoned,” U.S. District Judge David O.
Dannielynn, however, may not need the money. Last year she became a model for
Guess, a brand that helped make her mother famous. She’s now raised by her dad,