03/13/2009 AT 8:30 PM ET
“The television, tabloid and Internet trial of Mr. Stern in the court of public opinion has been based on sensational lies, speculation, rumor and gossip,” Krista Barth claims in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “Unfortunately, it appears that criminal charges have now been brought by the state of California based on this same type of misinformation.”
California Attorney General Jerry Brown told a news conference Friday that Stern was the “enabler” in a conspiracy to feed Smith’s drug addiction. Stern, 40, and two doctors were charged Thursday with felonies for allegedly furnishing illegally obtained prescription drugs to the Playboy model prior to her overdose death.