A former Penthouse Pet and swimsuit model accused of running a global crystal meth ring from Hollywood says she jumped bail in Australia and hid for a month because she feared for her life, according to an interview she gave Down Under. "I wasn't trying to flee the country at all; I was trying to protect myself from being killed or harmed," she told The Sunday Telegraph while being flown back to Sydney (photo). She jumped $150,000 bail and was captured late Wednesday in what news outlet variously describes as a seedy motel or cheap hotel on Australia's Gold Coast motel. The 37-year-old Australian and former Ed Hardy swimwear model told the paper that she had been in relationships with "numerous underworld figures or whatever you want to call them," and that "maybe they feel threatened by my situation." She added she "will bring (details) to light during the next couple of weeks." Court records show that Farrow, who is also known as Simone Starr (Facebook), legally changed her surname to Lawson in November, The Telegraph reported separately. Farrow was initially arrested in October 2009 after flying to Australia while U.S. drug agents were raiding her posh "Surfers Paradise" apartment off Sunset Boulevard. Authorities have accused her of packing bags of high-grade "ice" or chemicals to cut the drug in bath salts, then sending them in parcels marked "bath products," "pants" or "small fountain kits." She allegedly used at least 19 aliases with FedEx and UPS to mail the drugs to New South Wales and Victoria. Police call her the brains behind an "ongoing criminal enterprise that involved at least seven people." One suspect committed suicide in a Hollywood motel after being contacted by police. Farrow was named to FHMmagazine's "Sexiest Women In The World" three times. Coincidentally, the once-dominant "bloke-culture magazine that once revelled in a cocksure mix of sex, gags, grog and gadgets" announced the day after Farrow's arrest that it was folding after its May issue, a victim of plunging circulation amid "rapidly rising indifference," the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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