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SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' former mistress told a jury Monday that Bonds suffered from shrunken testicles, acne, bloating, hair loss and impotence as a result of anabolic steroid use during their nine-year relationship.
At times tearful as a federal prosecutor pressed her for details, Kimberly Bell painted a devastating picture of Bonds while the slugger and his family looked on.
Bonds is on trial for lying in 2003 before a federal grand jury that was investigating the BALCO doping ring. Withering cross-examination from Cris Arguedas, one of the Bonds' attorneys, seemed designed to portray Bell as opportunistic and vengeful, but there was no question that Bell's testimony could hurt her former lover.
Bell, who dated Bonds from 1994 to 2003, said that after Bonds suffered an elbow injury in 1999 he told her that the injury had been caused by steroid use. Bell claimed Bonds told her he used the drugs in part because he knew they were working for players like Mark McGwire.
"He said it helped him recover quicker," said Bell. "The shape, size of his testicles were smaller. He had some trouble keeping an erection. He tried some things to resolve that."
At times tearful on the witness stand, Bell testified Bonds threatened her with violence before abruptly dumping her in 2003. Bell said Bonds told her he would cut off her head, burn down the house he helped her buy, and "cut out my breast implants because he paid for them."
Bonds watched Bell and took notes throughout the morning's testimony. The all-time home run record-holder is charged with lying to a grand jury investigating BALCO in 2003 when he said he didn't knowingly use BALCO's doping products. Aguedas launched her attack on Bell's credibility immediately after assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Nedrow was finished with his questions. Arguedas confronted Bell with a list of radio interviews Bell had given to promote her November 2007 appearance in Playboy magazine.
"Were tears shed by you?" asked Arguedas, her voice dripping with contempt. "Can you point me to the times that tears were shed as you gave over information to your audience?"
In what was apparently an attempt to portray Bell as vengeful, Arguedas probed relentlessly into Bell's breakup with Bonds and her attempts to sell her story as a book or film. Arguedas dipped into reams of evidence Bell was forced to give to the government and which the government was forced to share with Bonds prior to the trial.
Before Bell took the stand, longtime Giants equipment manager Mike Murphy testified that Bonds' cap size grew while he was with the team. On cross-examination, Murphy said the same phenomenon affected Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.
Bell testified that she frequently saw Bonds with his former personal trainer, Greg Anderson, retreat to rooms while Anderson was carrying a satchel that resembled a shaving kit.
Another government witness, Bonds' personal shopper, Kathy Hoskins, is expected to testify later this week that she saw Anderson give Bonds an injection. Anderson has been jailed for refusing to testify in the trial. One of the counts in the indictment concern's Bonds' claim before the grand jury that no one except his doctor gave him any injections
NY Daily News