Smith used drug for emotional pain

A doctor who treated Anna Nicole Smith six years before she died says she complained of many physical ailments, but he was unable to diagnose the source of most of her pain.

Dr. Victor Kovner said during his testimony on Tuesday he came to feel Smith was treating emotional pain with drugs designed for physical pain.

Kovner says he warned that the celebrity model could be manipulative when he sold his practice to Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, a doctor now charged with providing vast amounts of prescription drugs to the Playboy model.

Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshovich and Smith's lawyer-boyfriend Howard K. Stern have pleaded not guilty in the case.

Kovner said Smith was an addict, a comment that led the judge to remind jurors that an issue in the case is whether Smith was addicted or was using drugs to control pain. ( Sapa, August 2010)

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