May 11, 2001 03:18pm
$1M Motion Against Anna Nicole Smith
(HOUSTON, TX) -- Two accountants for Anna Nicole Smith's multimillionaire late husband are seeking more than $1 million, claiming she frivolously sued them in her aborted attempt to win part of his estate.
Attorneys for accountants Finley Hilliard and Ken Farrar filed the motion in probate court on Thursday. The motion refers to the former stripper and Playboy centerfold by her legal name, Vickie Marshall.
``Vickie and her lawyers launched off into a never-never land of imagination, filled with fabricated conspiracies,'' the motion states.
The accountants' motion did not specify an amount, but it asked for triple their attorneys' fees, an amount said to exceed $1 million.
Smith's attorney during the Texas trial, Tom Cunningham, said Friday he would not comment until he read the motion.
Hilliard and Farrar were defendants in a trial earlier this year in which Smith, 33, and stepson J. Howard Marshall III sued for a share of the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, who died in 1995 at age 90.
Smith dropped out of the Texas trial in January when a California federal bankruptcy judge ruled she was owed $475 million from the estate. The oilman's other son, named heir E. Pierce Marshall, is appealing that award.
The Houston jury decided Pierce Marshall was the lawful heir and that Howard Marshall III must pay $35.3 million for interfering with their father's will. The jury also determined Smith didn't deserve any of the fortune.