The causes of the clash were numerous, but the most notable was the claim made my Kapoor that Anna Nicole Smith was not a drug addict. She died of a drug overdose February 8, 2007 in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room.
Last year, Dr, Kapoor was found not guilty of conspiring to unlawfully provide controlled substances to the late reality TV star. Dr. Drew was deeply unimpressed with his attempts to downplay his misconduct. Dr. Kapoor had had sexual relation with his infamous patient, Anna Nicole.
“[It was] one day out of a 3-year history,” Kapoor said. “It was a party situation and it was one day, and I admit there was a judgment situation involved in that,” he said of the one-night-stand with Smith.
When pressed by Dr. Drew to say whether attending a party with one’s patient was inappropriate, Kapur tried his best to evade the issue. Eventually, he said he believed certain social engagements, such as dinner parties, were appropriate with patients.
Dr. Drew replied: “I can tell you as an addictionologist, you never, never [party] with an addict. You try not to cross those boundaries with an addict because they have horrible, horrible boundaries.”
Kapoor quickly tried to shoot that down, denying the assumption could necessarily be made that Anna Nicole Smith was an addict. But Dr. Drew was having none of that. He pointed out how her death was caused by addiction and an overdose.
“She wasn’t found to be an addict in the court – that was one of the issues that was discussed heavily,” Kapoor said. “Under my care, she was not a drug addict.”
Dr. Drew pointed out how Smith had had so many painkillers injected into her gluteal muscle (her butt, to you and me) over time that part of her rear took on a woody texture with scarring. She was also developing a staph infection in the region, which had to have hastened her premature death at 39.
Dr. Drew also pointed out that Smith had been treated at the Betty Ford clinic, and to be allowed treatment there, she had to fit the criteria of an addict.
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