"I got a feeling she's consuming a lot of this media and is aware of what's going on. She's not just tucked away hiding somewhere. She's right here in town," Baker said, referring to Hollywood. "The fact that she came out so boldly, it's pretty remarkable."
It also cast doubt on the existence of a tape with Bullock, he said. "It sounds like she's saying unequivocally there's not a tape."
One online report claimed that Bullock's security team over the weekend searched for the tape at the Los Angeles home the couple once shared. Baker said there was indeed a moving truck at their home but there's no way to confirm what contents were removed.
More significant than what was removed from their home, he said, is the fact that Bullock has neither seen James nor been near the house since she left days before the scandal broke.
James checked into the Sierra Tucson rehab center in Arizona on Mar. 26. Reports surfaced online earlier this week that James had left the center. But Baker said James had some issues with privacy and security, but those were worked out and he remains at Sierra Tucson.
On Monday, James' former "Celebrity Apprentice" boss, Donald Trump, told MTV News: "He's a tough guy. He's very sullen, but he's tough. But he really did self-destruct and I can't imagine after what he's been with and what he's done that he gets Sandra back."
Meanwhile, Bullock is getting some support from a close circle of friends. Last week, she braved the paparazzi to visit friend Gabriel Brener, an investor in her Fortis Films production company. Comedian George Lopez, whose ABC sitcom Bullock produced, visited his friend for a second time on Monday and told the assembled paparazzi, "She's all right."
Lopez declined to comment to ABCNews.com.
For now, Bullock remains the "ultimate sympathetic character," Baker said. But, he added, she will be judged on how she handles James, her marriage and the continuing scandal.
"Like it or not, she is a part of this scandal, even if it's as a victim," he said.