In a praiseworthy action the Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff has passed an order to stop the release of videotape that shows Anna Nicole Smith undergoing surgery. The order prevents the sale, distribution or dissemination of the videotape in which the actress is shown undergoing a breast augmentation surgery in 1994.
The Judge’s order came as a request in which Howard K. Stern, Smith’s former attorney had charged the surgeon, Gerald Wayne Johnson of recording the tape. The Texas’ surgeon had taped Smith’s surgery and later showed it to Thomas Riccio without Smith’s consent.
Johnson has justified his act as he disclosed that the tape was recorded as routine record of a surgery and was supposed to keep the same confidential “during the patient’s lifetime’. He maintained that he allowed Ricco use the tape only after Smith’s demise.
Stern is claiming that if the tape is distributed then Johnson’s wife and Riccio may share some proceeds from the sale of the videotape.
The 39-year-old playboy model died on February 8, this year due to combined drug intoxication. Married to billionaire J. Howard Marshal she left a personal property valued at $10,000 and real property valued at $1.8 million behind.