- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kimberly Bell, her voice cracking, looked out at the court room and talked about the final stretch of her nine-year relationship with Barry Bonds.

The greatest hitter of his era threatened “to cut my head off and leave me in a ditch,” she said. “More than once.”

She said Bonds told her “he would cut out my breast implants because he paid for them.”

As for the Arizona house he had helped pay for, “he told me he would burn it down.”

Bonds‘ federal trial resumed Monday with nearly daylong testimony from his former mistress, who said the slugger attributed a 1999 elbow injury to steroids use. She also discussed how Bonds became verbally abusive and said that his physique changed, offering a lurid description of his shrinking testicles, back acne, scalp hair that fell out and chest hair that turned gray. Such mental and physical symptoms are associated with steroid use.

Prosecutors allege Bonds lied when he told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Bell met Bonds in 1994 and testified that from 1999 to 2001, “he was just increasingly aggressive, irritable, agitated, very impatient.”

In testimony similar to that of former Bonds business partner Steve Hoskins last week, she said that in at least two different years at spring training, she saw Bonds and personal trainer Greg Anderson “go into a bedroom off the kitchen and close and lock the door.”

She said Anderson “would always have a little satchel with him.” She saw those scenes played out multiple times.

Prosecutors claim Anderson, who has been jailed for refusing to testify, repeatedly injected Bonds with performance-enhancing drugs.

Dressed in a gray pantsuit and white shirt, and with deep lines under her eyes, Bell answered 72 minutes of prosecution questions and was pressured during 4 hours, 15 minutes of questioning from the defense, who tried to portray her as a gold digger, a scorned former lover, a liar and the instigator of a mortgage fraud scheme.

Defense lawyer Cristina Arguedas brought up an interview Bell gave Playboy and a television appearance on Geraldo Rivera.

“You have taken many opportunities to disparage Barry Bonds … in the most vulgar ways possible?” Arguedas said in a question that was more a statement.

“Did you go on Howard Stern’s radio show?” Arguedas continued. “Does he do anything that isn’t vulgar?”

When Arguedas repeated: “Did you say vulgar things about Barry Bonds?” Bell answered: “Please refresh my memory.”

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