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Bell testified that Playboy agreed to pay her $100,000, but sent the money to her agent, David Hans Schmidt. Schmidt committed suicide in 2007 while under investigation for allegedly attempting to extort the actor Tom Cruise and Bell said she saw little of the Playboy payment _ “about $17,000 or $18,000.”
While Ruby cross-examined the first four witnesses, Arguedas spent most of Monday trying to portray Bell as a jilted woman who had broken off her previous relationship on the day she was to be married.
When Bonds told her in 1998 that he was going to marry Watson, Bell said the player told her “you can come see me on road trips.” Bell testified that after Bonds married, he told her there were “girlfriend cities and wife cities” and that she wasn’t allowed to travel with him to New York, Montreal and Atlanta.
Bell said she went instead to San Diego, Houston and Miami. She recalled bitterly how Bonds told her to find her own way home from after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when commercial airlines were shut down and Bonds was on the team charter.
“Barry abandoned me in Houston after 9-11,” she said.
Arguedas ran through a litany of financial benefits Bell received in “this position you had, as the girlfriend for road trips.” Bonds bought her several cars and paid the down payment for her house in North Scottsdale, Ariz. Arguedas repeatedly brought up forms Bell signed in which she said it would be her secondary home, trying to portray Bell as a liar.
Arguedas also quizzed Bell about an e-mail she sent to Bonds‘ website in April 2004, almost a year after their breakup on May 23, 2003. Bell said she listed all the women she knew that Bonds was sleeping with: a model in New York, another woman in Las Vegas and “the stripper from Phoenix.”
“This is the guy who you described as having penile dysfunction,” Arguedas said. “That’s a lot of action.”
Bonds covered his mouth in an apparent attempt to suppress a grin.
“I don’t know what he was doing with them,” Bell responded. “I can only imagine.”
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