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Thursday, February 22, 2007

PennDOT Chief Says He Fathered Anna Nicole Smith's Baby

(HARRISBURG) - PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler testified at a hearing at the state Capitol today, accepting "full and complete responsibility" for fathering Anna Nicole Smith's now-five-month-old daughter.

"Clearly, there were things I could have done differently," Biehler told a Senate panel. "But the baby is most definitely mine, and I'm confident that a paternity test will confirm as much."

The admission thrusts the state's top transportation official into the middle of a custody dispute that already includes Smith attorney Howard K. Stern, former boyfriend Larry Birkhead and the entire 2005 Miami Dolphins football team.

"What the hell were you thinking?" queried Sen. Pat Vance of Cumberland County.

"I'm really not sure," replied Biehler. "But I can definitively tell you that steps are being taken, as we speak, to ensure that it never happens again."

When Vance reminded Biehler that Smith is dead, the PennDOT chief replied, "Oh yeah. That'll help, too."