Laci Case Will TestifyCBSNews.com
May 20, 2003
woman who revealed she was Scott Peterson's lover
during the last months of his wife's life is
prepared to testify at his trial on charges of
killing his pregnant wife and their unborn child.
Amber Frey, 28, the massage therapist who disclosed
she had a relationship with Peterson beginning last
November, said she will be a willing prosecution
Her lawyer called her "a victim of Scott's
Frey appeared at a news conference on Monday with
her lawyer, Gloria Allred and said Allred would be
speaking for her from now on. The celebrity attorney
known for activism on women's issues, said Frey has
been hounded by news media and tabloids offering
money for her story ever since she came forward
about a month after Laci Peterson disappeared.
Frey said she has turned down all offers and will
continue to do so.
"She has been offered money for interviews and she
has refused and will continue to refuse those
offers," Allred said. "We are committed to
protecting the integrity of the prosecution and we
will not allow her testimony to be contaminated by
offers of money for her story."
Allred is the second media-savvy lawyer to join the
case, reports CBS News Correspondent Hattie
Kauffman. Mark Geragos is defending Scott
Peterson; he has also defended actress Winona Ryder
on shoplifting charges. Allred's past clients
include Brenda Van Dam, whose daughter Danielle was
kidnapped and murdered, and Denise Brown, the sister
of O.J. Simpson's murdered wife Nicole.
Allred said Frey will be a willing witness and needs
a lawyer to represent her.
"In addition to being a witness," Allred said,
"Amber is also a victim of Scott's deception.
Victims are entitled to attorneys, as are
Frey, of Fresno, has said she did not know Peterson
was married when she met him in November.
Scott Peterson was arrested last month after the
bodies of his wife and baby washed ashore on the
Richmond shoreline of San Francisco Bay, a few miles
from where he says he was fishing when his wife
disappeared from their Modesto home in December.
Divers searched the bay for a fourth straight day
Monday for more evidence.
Frey declined to answer questions at the news
conference and said she would refer all inquiries to
"I don't think it's appropriate to talk about what
might be contained in my testimony prior to my being
called to the witness stand," she said.
"Until that time I just want to lead a normal life
and regain my privacy. I hope that everyone will
understand and respect my wishes," she said.
Why would Frey need a high-powered attorney?
"Amber is a victim as well as a witness. She is a
victim of Scott Peterson's deception," Allred said
Tuesday on the CBS News Early Show.
"Victims are entitled to attorneys, as are
witnesses. And, of course, it's not unusual in high
profile cases for witnesses to have attorneys to
advise them and to help to explain the criminal
justice system to them."
Allred said she expects the defense to attack Frey's
"Defense attorneys are often attack dogs," the
attorney said. "Whatever it is we will be ready to
defend Ms. Frey, for whom we have a great deal of
Allred said that to her knowledge police never
considered Frey a suspect and that when she
testifies "it will be clear a thousand times over
that she has been an innocent victim."
Allred said her client wants her privacy back.
"She held a press conference in order for everyone
to know that she does now have an attorney, that she
asked the press to please leave her alone now, to
let them know that she is not going to do any
interviews, paid or unpaid," Allred told Early
Show co-anchor Hannah Storm.