LOS ANGELES -- Amber Frey said Monday she is prepared to testify when Scott Peterson goes to trial on charges of murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn son.
Frey, 28, also said she has been hounded by news media and tabloids offering her money for her story ever since she came forward about her relationship with Scott Peterson about a month after Laci Peterson was reported missing.
As a result, the Fresno massage therapist said, she hired celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred to fend off the offers, which she does not intend to accept, and to represent her as a witness.
Allred represented the family of Nicole Brown Simpson during the O.J. Simpson criminal case.
"In addition to being a witness, Amber is also a victim of Scott's deception," Allred said at a news conference. "Victims are entitled to attorneys, as are witnesses."
Frey has said she did not know Peterson was married when she met him in November.
"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."
Investigators arrested Scott Peterson last month after the bodies of his wife and their son, Conner, were found on the Richmond shoreline of San Francisco Bay, a few miles from where he said he was fishing when Laci Peterson disappeared from their Modesto home in December.
Frey spoke clearly at the news conference but appeared nervous. She declined to answer questions and said she would refer all inquiries to Allred.
"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.
Allred said Frey has "enormous empathy" for Laci Peterson's family.
"Every time she thinks of them she can barely hold back the tears because she is really very upset about their loss," Allred said.
The attorney believes there have been some untrue reports about Frey and will review all reports to protect Frey's reputation. She would not specify which reports were not true.
Also Monday, divers for a fourth straight day searched the bay near where the bodies were found.
Officials have refused to be specific about what evidence they are seeking, or what they have found, in what they describe as a follow-up investigation.
Detective Doug Ridenour, a Modesto police spokesman, referred all questions to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.
A spokesman there refused to comment Monday on whether the renewed search was at the behest of prosecutors or Modesto police.
It was unclear Monday how long the search would continue and who would participate.
"It's day-to-day," Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold said.
Divers and boats from the Marin County and Contra Costa County sheriff's departments have joined vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard in the effort.
Bee staff writer John Coté contributed to this report. He can be reached at 578-2394 or email@example.com.