Kimberly Bell, Barry Bonds’ onetime mistress and the woman in the middle of the feds’ perjury investigation, will appear nude in the November issue of Playboy. The issue will hit newsstands on October 1st, and the accompanying article will reportedly unearth many juicy details of Bell’s affair with the Giants slugger.
In 2005, Bell’s testimony in front of the grand jury revealed that Bonds told her that he used steroids dating back to 2000, in response to the McGwire home run chase of 1998. Bell also testified about her 10-year affair with Bonds during the grand jury, but her decision to reveal all (literally and figuratively) might actually help Bonds escape perjury charges:
Bell’s appearance in the magazine can’t help the government’s case against her former lover.
Defense lawyers are widely expected to argue that Bell was a woman scorned because of Bonds’ decision to marry another woman during their relationship. Her appearance on Playboy may only add fuel to the defense’s case.
Bell said the photo shoot boosted her confidence. She declined to say how much Playboy was paying her.
“If I had more self-esteem when I was younger,” she said, “I wouldn’t have been caught up with such a rotten man.”
She totally doesn’t sound bitter. Or scorned. Or rife with malicious intent. Sigh.
Well, at least you now have an excuse to read the articles.