LOS ANGELES (AP) - A hospital psychiatrist who has been critical of Anna Nicole Smith’s doctor for overmedicating the model was accused Monday by a defense attorney of weaning Smith from addictive drugs too quickly and ignoring the celebrity model when she went into distress.
The cross-examination of Dr. Nathalie Maullin by attorney Steve Sadow, who represents Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend Howard K. Stern, was the first volley in a battle of doctors expected to dominate the drug conspiracy case.
Testimony also indicated Maullin was slow to respond when she began receiving calls from the hospital reporting Smith had hallucinations, couldn’t sleep, was agitated and had fallen out of bed, suffering bruises.
“She was safe. She was in a hospital. Nothing bad was going to happen to her,” Maullin said.
“Do you remember telling him the detox might have been too aggressive?” asked Sadow.
“I could have,” she said.
“It was a joke,” Maullin said. “They thought there were too many people who said yes to medication. They needed someone who would say no, and two people called me ‘Dr. No.’”
Attorney Brad Brunon, who represents Eroshevich, asked about friendships between a psychiatrist and patient. Eroshevich was Smith’s neighbor and friend before she became her psychiatrist.