Baseball star's mistress reveals sexual effects of his steroid use
The former mistress of one of America's most celebrated baseball stars claims he confessed to her that he took steroids and that they had extreme side effects.
Kimberly Bell claimed that multi-millionaire athlete Barry Bonds had startling physical changes, such as testicle shrinkage.
Yesterday, Ms Bell was called as a government witness at Bonds's perjury trial in San Francisco, California.
Bonds (46), who holds Major League Baseball's home run record, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took steroids given to him by his trainer. He has pleaded not guilty.
Assistant US Attorney Jeff Nedrow asked Ms Bell whether Bonds "seemed different in terms of the testicle and penis area" over the course of their relationship.
"The shape, size of his testicles, smaller, unusual, different shape, and he had some trouble keeping an erection and tried some things to resolve that," Ms Bell said.
Larry Bowers, a scientist at the US Anti-Doping Agency, testified last week for the US government that sexual changes, hair loss, acne, bloating, anger and aggressiveness are linked to steroid use.
The two had a nine-year relationship starting in 1994, during which time Bonds divorced one woman and married another, Ms Bell said.
During their relationship, she travelled with him to spring training and moved into a house she bought with $80,000 (€56,000) that he gave her for a down payment.
Bonds broke up with her in 2003, telling her by phone to "disappear", she said.
"He said he would cut out my breast implants because he paid for them," she said, her voice cracking.
Ms Bell also testified that Bonds became "increasingly aggressive, irritable, very impatient".
"He would get really angry really easy," she said.
Asked by Mr Nedrow for details, she said Bonds told her "he would cut my head off and leave me in a ditch".
Ms Bell planned to write a book and appeared on the 'Geraldo' show within two years of her break-up with the former San Francisco Giants outfielder amid publicity about steroids in baseball.
But she denied lawyer Cris Arguedas's assertion that she planned to include a lot of "humiliating" information in the book so that she could "get rich".
"Maybe the sexual dysfunction would have been one sentence out of a couple of hundred pages," Ms Bell said.