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Amber Frey Goes 'On the Record'

This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," May 23, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Amber Frey became a household name when she went public and told about Scott Peterson's secret life. She worked with police and eventually helped put Scott Peterson on death row for the murder of his wife and unborn son. Now a new TV movie tells this infamous story from Amber's point of view.

The movie called "Amber Frey Witness for the Prosecution" is based on Amber Frey's book. Amber and her attorney Gloria Allred join us now from Las Angeles, welcome back to both of you.



VAN SUSTEREN: Amber, how much input did you have in the movie?

FREY: Well, you know, I would actually leave that up to Gloria to answer. I think she had a little bit more input. You know, certainly I had. It was based on my book "Witness for the Prosecution of Scott Peterson" so in some ways quite a bit.

VAN SUSTEREN: Gloria, on a day-to-day basis I mean did the two of you work with the cast or with the book or is it something that you just, you know, assigned sort of to let them do as they feel artistically appropriate?

ALLRED: Well, Greta, Amber had an opportunity to talk at length on the telephone with Janel Moloney, who plays her and, in addition, Amber visited the set as did I. I met Nora Dunn, who plays me.

In addition, I received copies of the script and made comments on the script and so we did have input as we went along. Amber had an opportunity to meet with the writer, with the director, with the producers, so I think they have captured the spirit of her experience with Scott Peterson and with the justice system.

VAN SUSTEREN: Amber, have you seen the finished copy yet or are you going to have to wait until Wednesday like everyone else?

FREY: I'm going to have to wait until Wednesday like everybody else.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you seen any long cuts of it, Amber?

FREY: You know just what's been viewed today. Other than that, no, I haven't really seen, you know, too many scenes.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you know who Janel Moloney was before this, before this movie?

FREY: I honestly didn't but a lot of my friends and family were very much aware of her as an actress and her part on "West Wing" and were very supportive of her and playing the role of me, so great feedback on her.

VAN SUSTEREN: What's it like, Amber, to be played in a movie on TV?

FREY: It's still a little bit thrill and, again, you know, I haven't seen the film so I'm looking forward to seeing everything, you know, put together and, you know, it should be definitely a lot of emotions there for me in viewing the film.

VAN SUSTEREN: How about for you Gloria? Nora Dunn playing you what's it like for you?

ALLRED: Well, you know, I'm actually more focused on Amber but I'm just very...

VAN SUSTEREN: I know but come on in that for a second.

ALLRED: I have to say I've met Nora Dunn. I love her. I think we have a lot of common values. We have a very common view of life. I think she gets who I am and why I do what I do that I do have a passion for justice. I think she cares about injustice against women and I think she cared about this case. I'm sure she's going to do a wonderful job because she's a terrific actor.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Amber, so what's going on in your life now? We haven't talked in a while. What are you up to?

FREY: You know just spending a lot of time with my two children and just kind of doing the same normal things that I always have.

VAN SUSTEREN: Can you go places, Amber, without being Amber Frey?

FREY: Not really. You know, I think I kind of tune that out a little bit but not really, no.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are you at all curious to find out how Scott Peterson is doing in prison? Do you have any sort of love of curiosity about him?

FREY: Well from time to time I hear, you know, from other people how he, you know, what's going on, you know, behind, you know, behind the bars but as far as any interest of my own in looking and researching or anything else, no, it's not there for me.

VAN SUSTEREN: So where are you going to watch the movie on Wednesday night and who are you going to watch it with, Amber?

FREY: Mostly likely myself just, you know, in the comfort of my own home.

VAN SUSTEREN: So, you're not going to have a party or, you know, or bring people over?


VAN SUSTEREN: Your family is not going to be there?

FREY: You know, no, I think it's something I want to view by myself, you know, just have my, you know, that privacy of emotions that, you know, I may have, you know, in viewing the film.

ALLRED: This is going to bring back a lot of memories for her and, you know, I think it's a really personal experience. That's one of the things that's unusual about this film because there aren't a lot of films, there are some but not a lot of films that are actually based in a real life experience and that's what it was for Amber.

It was an emotional roller coaster for her a lot of the time and I think people in this film are going to see a lot of the emotions that she felt as she endured this really a very unusual and important experience.

VAN SUSTEREN: Gloria, I have ten seconds left, actually I don't have ten seconds but I do want to know where are you going to watch it and with whom, Gloria?

ALLRED: I am going to watch it probably in my office and some friends have indicated they want to come over and watch it. But I'm going to be calling Amber right afterwards for her reaction. And I'm just very proud of her that she has this opportunity to have her voice, first in her book and now Wednesday night on CBS in this movie.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, CBS, Amber, Gloria thank you both.

FREY: Thank you, Greta.

ALLRED: Thanks, Greta.

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