Amber's Way to Gain
Amber Frey, who had an affair with wife-killer Scott Peterson and was a star prosecution witness in his trial, is cashing in on her sordid moment of fame.
"I feel there's something I have to share and I feel almost like I need to," said Frey, who spoke with a group of women willing to pay $19.99 to hear about her transition from gullible girlfriend to teary murder-trial witness to self-help instructor. "There are so many women who can relate. They're questioning how I got through this to where I am today."
Frey and Peterson began an affair in the fall of 2002. It headed for the skids when she found out that his wife, Laci, had disappeared that December and was the subject of a massive search.
Peterson, now on death row in San Quentin State Prison, had told Frey that he was single, but then said he had "lost" his wife -- before she disappeared from their Modesto home.
"I think there are a lot of sociopaths out there, and she has a lot to share with women who run across unsavory characters," said Marti Gallagher, who attended the Learning Annex class in San Francisco.
Farrell's Sex Tape
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In the latest installment of the legal wrangling between the sexy actor and his Playboy Playmate ex-flame, Colin Farrell has been handed a minor victory in his battle to keep his sex videotape from the public eye.
Last month Farrell, 29, filed a lawsuit alleging he and Nicole Narain made the tape 21/2 years ago with the understanding that it would never be made public.
Seeking monetary damages as well as a temporary restraining order and injunction prohibiting the sale or other use of the tape, the suit accused 31-year-old Narain of working with the owner of an Internet pornography business and contacting the news media about the tape.
Leodis Matthews, a lawyer for Narain, said her client had not attempted to profit from the tape, but wanted to keep her half of the rights to the video.
But on Wednesday, a judge extended the temporary restraining order barring Narain from marketing the tape.
So why is this important?
Because Farrell -- whom any video watcher can see in the buff engaging in a bit of eroticism with "Alexander" co-star Rosario Dawson -- says the release of the tape would irreparably harm him and his career.
Cambodia's Newest Ambassador
Actress Angelina Jolie, who adopted her son, Maddox, from Cambodia, has been approved for citizenship by that country.
A royal decree approving citizenship for Jolie, 30, was signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on July 31, a government official said Friday.
Prime Minister Hun Sen offered her citizenship in recognition of her generosity when she visited the country last summer.
At the time, Jolie told reporters: "I would certainly be thrilled."
Jolie, who adopted Maddox from Cambodia in 2002, is giving Cambodian Vision in Development, a community development group, $1.5 million for its environmental protection efforts in remote parts of the country's northwest.
"This is what we have dreamed for her for a long time," said Mounh Sarath, director of the group. "Now it's a dream come true."
He said Jolie deserves citizenship "not because of the money she has given but her good heart and love" for the Cambodian people.
Scenes from Jolie's 2001 movie, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," were filmed at Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple.
Jolie adopted her daughter, Zahara, from Ethiopia last month.
"You know me -- any excuse to put on a dress."
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-- Compiled by Clint Walker
from wire reports