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Former mistress to discuss relationship with Bonds in Playboy

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' former mistress at the center
of the government's perjury investigation of the slugger said
Monday she would discuss the couple's relationship in the November
issue of Playboy magazine.

The Playboy article, accompanied by a nude pictorial of Kimberly
Bell, is scheduled to hit newsstands Oct. 1. Bell, 37, said the
article would cover details of her relationship with Bonds that she
told a grand jury investigating the perjury allegations in 2005.

"The opportunity was there, and I took it," she told The
Associated Press in a phone interview Monday. The photo shoot "was
one of the most liberating experiences of my life."

Bell's decision to pose for Playboy was first reported by The
New York Times on its Web site Monday night.

Bell testified before the grand jury that Bonds once told her of
his steroid use in 2000 and that he implied he started taking the
performance enhancing drugs in response to Mark McGwire's pursuit
of the single season home run record in 1998.

"He was very envious of Mark McGwire," she said from her San
Jose home. "He never said that was the reason, but I know it
was."

Bell testified about that conversation as well her relationship
with Bonds, which lasted from 1993 to 2003. She also said Bonds
gave her $80,000 in cash to buy a house, the proceeds of which
allegedly came from a paid autograph session that authorities also
are investigating as going unreported to the Internal Revenue
Service.

Bonds' attorney Michael Rains could not be reached for comment
late Monday.

The term of the grand jury investigating Bonds' steroids
testimony appears to have been extended because the San Francisco
Giants left fielder's personal trainer remains jailed. Greg
Anderson was to be released last Thursday, the end of the grand
jury's term, unless the term was extended.

A spokeswoman for the U.S Attorney's office declined to discuss
the grand jury proceedings. But one of Anderson's lawyers, Paula
Canny, said she believes the term was extended.

"Greg's still not out," she said.

Bell said she has not been called before the grand jury again,
but declined to say if she has spoken with federal investigators
since.

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 in 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."