Anna Nicole Smith's ex Mark Hatten, who went to prison for threatening her with knife, killed in SC shooting
Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend, who did time in prison for threatening her life and assaulting her neighbor, was shot and killed in South Carolina over the weekend.
According to Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office officials, the Greeleyville resident Mark Hatten, better known as ‘Hollywood’, was believed to have been shot by someone after he entered into an altercation with the suspect. The exact details of what transpired on the day of the shooting, in the moments that led up to it, is still being investigated.
The day before the shooting, police were called when an incident occurred between the suspect and Mark. The latter spent the night in jail after he was charged with trespassing. The authorities are yet to trace Mark's movements after he was released from their custody, Kings Tree News reported.
Mark moved to Greeleyville in early 2000. In an interview with In Touch Weekly magazine in May 2017, Mark said that his sister Jackie Hatten had been best friends with Smith since she started modeling for Playboy magazine in 1992. At the time, he was married to someone else. Shortly after he got a divorce, he went out on a date with Smith.
"The first time I saw her she looked at me and said, 'Oh my God, I want to have a baby with you!'... We dated from January 2000 to March 2002. We were living together," he said.
However, their relationship was far from a fairy tale. When Smith testified against him in court, she said that he had threatened her with a knife and that even after she ended things with him at that point, he allegedly continued to stalk her for two years. When he turned up at her house unannounced, her neighbor asked him to leave. That was when Mark was accused of assaulting him. He was eventually sentenced to seven years behind bars.
Except, that is not how Mark remembered the incidents going down. In the 2017 interview, he painted himself as the hero who was trying to save Smith from getting addicted to drugs, which were being supplied to her by her attorney.
"I watched Anna have what’s called a 'grandma’s seizure' just from drinking bottles of stuff that Howard would bring to her. Phenergan, cough syrup, Terpin hydrate cough syrup — and she would drink it and get a good buzz, she would be fine and gelled out, but then all of a sudden she would turn gray and turn on her side and vomit all over herself. It was sad and very disturbing to me. I did everything I could to get Anna off drugs and help her live her life. I was set up," he said at the time.
Smith died in 2007, after suffering a fatal, accidental drug overdose, which the forensic pathologist said was due to "combined drug intoxication" with chloral hydrate — a sleeping medication — as the "major component." Her death came a year after her oldest child, Daniel, died from a combination of drugs, including antidepressants and methadone. He died just three days after Smith gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn.
Mark said that Smith died because she could not bear the pain of losing her son. "When I heard Daniel died I knew she wouldn’t last long. I’ve seen people pamper their kids but he was literally her world. She died of a broken heart," he said.