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MAILER'S EX SAYS SHE'S UMPOVERISHED

Adele Mailer, one of five ex-wives of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Norman Mailer, says in a lawsuit that her alimony checks are so small they have left her poverty-stricken.

"I don't think he should allow me to live like this. ... He owes it to me," said Mailer, who divorced the author in 1962 after he stabbed her after a wild party.

Calls seeking comment from Mailer's agent were not immediately returned.

According to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday, the author's 75-year-old former wife wants him to increase the monthly support payments he sends from $1,175 to $7,500 to supplement her Social Security benefits.

She pays $552 a month rent for her apartment on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side, but says, "The stove hasn't worked for years and there's no lock on the outside door. The place is filthy and it's deteriorated."

Anna Nicole Smith storms out of court

HOUSTON (AP) -- It was a tempest on the stand for Anna Nicole Smith: The former stripper and Playboy centerfold ended her testimony in her late husband's inheritance trial by storming out of the courtroom and leaving the judge threatening to have her investigated for perjury.

The trial, already 4 months old, pits Pierce Marshall against his disinherited brother, J. Howard Marshall III, 63, in a war over the estate of their multimillionaire father.

J. Howard Marshall II died in 1995, 14 months after he married Smith when he was 89, and she was 26.

Smith, now 33, exploded in anger when an attorney for Pierce Marshall, her 61-year-old stepson, asked her to post bond to ensure she would be back Feb. 12 to resume her testimony.

Smith dropped out of the trial a month ago after a federal bankruptcy judge awarded her $475 million, about a quarter of the estimated value of the estate. However, she was still compelled to testify because of a countersuit by Pierce Marshall, who says she unlawfully interfered with his inheritance.

Smith's testimony has included episodes of crying and pouting from the model and sarcastic exchanges between her and Pierce Marshall's attorney, Rusty Hardin.

Probate Judge Mike Wood at one point threatened to slap Smith with a contempt of court citation if she didn't stop repeating a string of unsubstantiated accusations against Pierce Marshall -- including claims that he had both his father and his father's former mistress killed with lethal doses of medication.

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