A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the 20-year battle for Marshall's money is over — and Anna Nicole Smith's daughter is getting none of it. According to E! News, Birkhead's father, Larry Birkhead, had been fighting for the money from Marshall's estate and said he hoped to get at least some of the tens of millions of dollars.
Smith met oil tycoon Pierce Marshall in a Houston strip club in the early 1990s and the couple began an affair. They married in 1994. When Marshall died in 1995, he left all of his $1.6 billion estate to his son, but not a dime to Smith. She had said that her husband promised her $300 million in his will.
Judge David O. Carter ruled that there was "just no evidence before the court that justifies awarding sanctions against Pierce Marshall's estate." He added that the case has lasted nearly five times as long as the odd relationship and nearly 20 times the length of their actual marriage — which ended up being only 14 months.
Judge Carter left no room for the case to be reopened and said the American taxpayer has already paid too much. Smith died in 2007 of a drug overdose and Larry Birkhead has been raising their daughter, Dannielynn.
Philip Boesch, Birkhead's attorney, told E! News that, "[Dannielynn is] a very well-grounded nice young woman. And Larry is doing a great job as her father."
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