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Who is Kari Ann Peniche, the Other Woman in "McSteamy" Naked Web Vid?

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Photo: MySpace.com photo of Kari Ann Peniche.

NEW YORK (CBS) By now you have likely seen or at least heard about the naked web video of Grey's Anatomy star Eric "McSteamy" Dane, his wife Rebecca Gayheart and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche.

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Much has been written about Dane and Gayheart, both actors with long television and film resumes. But who exactly is Kari Ann Peniche and how did she wind up in the middle of the latest nudie tape scandal to hit the web?

In 2002, Peniche won the Miss United States Teen pageant and then lost the crown only a short time later for appearing nude in Playboy.

But that fall was small compared to the traumas Peniche said she suffered as a child.


Photos: "McSteamy's" Naked Anatomy Hits Web
Photos: Who is Kari Ann Peniche?



In a soon to be published interview with Chaunce Hayden, editor of "Steppin' Out" magazine which was posted on The Insider Online, Peniche discussed details of her life including several instances of molestation and rape as a young model.

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Photo: Kari Ann Peniche on cover of "Steppin' Out" magazine.

From the ages of four to seven years old, Peniche told the magazine she was molested by her next door neighbor in San Diego.

Peniche said that as a teen model, she was raped twice before her eighteenth birthday. According to the interview, the first rape occurred when she was 13. She said was attacked by a stranger in Texas.

When Peniche was 17 and modeling in Korea, she said she was raped by another man, a U.S. Military Officer.

"I woke up in a dumpster and I was just 14 years old," she told the magazine.

Her mother Lee Ann Peniche, in an interview with E! News, said she knows nothing about her daughter's childhood abuse. "I can assure you Kari lived a very good life," she said. "She was raised very well and that type of story I would strongly question."

The elder Peniche did acknowledge that she introduced her daughter to a man who later brutally attacked Kari.

"I thought it was great to be dating a doctor," Kari told "Steppin' Out," describing her initial reaction to the man who was ten years her senior.

But the relationship turned terribly violent, according to Kari.

"In 2005 the Santa Barbara police had to break down my hotel room because I was drowning in blood. He had beaten me so bad," she told the magazine.

Kari also said that months after the beating, she found out that the man had been on heroin. She herself admitted to "doing an extreme amount of cocaine" to "numb" herself, according to the magazine.

Other stories from Peniche's past are of a lighter variety, like the time she woke up next to a masturbating Pauly Shore, who then demanded, "kiss my belly!" she said in the interview.

She also briefly dated former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, before accepting his younger brother Aaron's very public marriage proposal.

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Photo: Singer Aaron Carter in 2004.

According to the interview, he bought her a pair of $10,000 diamond earrings just a few days after meeting her and proposed to her while she was on stage as part of the Playboy Comedy Tour the following night. "I said yes because I didn't know if he was kidding. But he was serious. I didn't even know him that well. … I think he was doing it as a publicity stunt to promote 'House of Carter,'" she told "Steppin' Out." "I had no intention of marrying him."

Six days later the couple called off their engagement.

Professionally, Peniche has begun to move beyond modeling and acting. In 2008, she showed her clothing line called "Strung Out" at Portland Fashion Week.

She also joined the third season cast of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," a VH1 reality show that follows celebrity patients as they undergo detoxification and treatment, which will airs January 2010.

Now, after all of this, Peniche is the other woman in a nudie-video that shows her playfully romping around an apartment with an equally naked Eric Dane and his wife Rebecca Gayheart.

In the video, Dane describes her as a "quality hang." In another section, the visibly intoxicated trio discusses their porn star aliases and later Peniche and Gayheart hang out naked in a bubbly tub.


Photos: "McSteamy's" Naked Anatomy Hits Web
Photos: Who is Kari Ann Peniche?




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