The above picture -- a so-called "death photo" -- is just one of the ANNA NICOLE SMITH and DANNIELYNN images that have surfaced on the Internet. Watch tonight's ET for more on the photos! Just moments ago HOWARD K. STERN's attorney L. LIN WOOD made a statement on behalf of Stern regarding the estate of ANNA NICOLE SMITH and the photos.
"Shortly after I was retained by Howard Stern, I received firsthand information that MOE BRIGHTHAUPT ("Big Moe") had contacted tabloids offering for sale one or more photographs of Anna Nicole Smith. Yesterday, photographs of Anna Nicole and Dannielynn were posted on various Internet websites. These photographs are the property of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith and were stolen from her camera shortly after her death. Big Moe denies selling the photographs but admits that he is distributing them. His misappropriation of Estate property is unlawful and his stated motives for doing so are not credible.
"This is another egregious example of deceit and manipulation by individuals and certain members of the media to profit from Anna Nicole's death. Even more disturbing is the fact that selective photographs have been distributed -- intentionally selected to make Anna Nicole and others appear in a false light. Fortunately, the memory card stolen from the camera had been downloaded before it was stolen and the Estate is in possession of every photograph in the series. The other photographs clearly show that Anna Nicole, as she often did, was merely playing for the camera.
"The Estate shall pursue all available remedies against any individual or entity involved in the unauthorized distribution or publication of these, or any other, stolen photographs."
Now, Moe responds to the controversial pictures via his spokesperson PAUL PORTER:
"After reading the statement of attorney L. Lin Wood we find it necessary to respond to a series of erroneous comments. Big Moe has never stolen anything including a memory card shortly after the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith. Claims of profiting from Anna Nicole's death are equally disturbing. Big Moe would never seek to profit from the disturbing photographs on various Internet Web sites.
"In regard to L. Lin Wood's comment regarding deceit and manipulation the pictures in question through focused eyes speak for themselves. If playing for the camera included Anna Nicole Smith vomiting L. Lin Wood has taken spin to a new level.
"Big Moe continues to mourn the death of his close friend and wonders why those pictures of Anna Nicole Smith were ever taken."