David Carradine Marriage Was 'Roller Coaster'

Shocked to hear about the nude death photos that were published of her ex-husband David Carradine this weekend, Marina Anderson said her four-year marriage to the actor was a "roller coaster."

Anderson, the actress and artist who has been credited with resuscitating Carradine's film career, is writing a book about her turbulent relationship with the actor, who was found hanged in Thailand last week.

"The dynamics were pretty heavy," she told ABCNews.com. "I don't want to get into it or I will get emotional."

She also acknowledged that statements to a Los Angeles court when she filed for divorce from the actor were true -- that he engaged in deadly sex acts and incest throughout their marriage.

Over the weekend, Carradine's brother, Keith, also an actor, said the family was "profoundly disturbed" by photos published in Thailand that are said to be of Carradine's naked body hanging with ropes around his neck and genitals in a Bangkok hotel room.

Grainy Photos of Bound Body

A grainy photo published on the Saturday cover of the tabloid Thai Rath shows a naked body suspended from a clothes bar in a hotel closet, hands apparently bound together above the head and feet on the floor, according to Reuters.

The face is blacked out and other areas are obscured. Thai police said they believed it was a picture of Carradine's body taken by a forensics team.

"Oh my god, no," Anderson said, when she learned of the photos. "That is just horrible."

Thai officials say they suspect Carradine, who died last week, had engaged in auto-erotic asphyxia, a dangerous sex act that may have gone wrong. The family wants the FBI to undertake their own investigation, and the agency acknowledged the request.

The family has threatened legal action against any media outlet that reprints images of the actor in death.

"I'm a little crazed right now," said Anderson, who supports the family's desire to get the FBI involved. "All I can say is he is my ex-husband and I was very attached to him, and I don't think this is the time to go into details. I want to talk nice about him."

In 2003 court documents that were published on the Web site Smoking Gun, Anderson said he said her four-year marriage to the former Kung Fu star left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder like a soldier returning from battle.

"I stand by what I said," Anderson told ABCNews.com.

Carradine Practiced Deadly Sex

She told the court that Carradine practiced "deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly." She also told the court that the actor had an "incestuous relationship with a very close family member."

She said Carradine and an unnamed relative had admitted to a taboo relationship, but that her "pleas for him to get counseling in regards to this matter were ignored and he wanted no part in the healing process the other person needed in order to get closure."

Family and friends have said the actor likely did not commit suicide; Anderson agreed. "David was always happy when he worked," she said.

Anderson, who was in her car when she took the call from ABCNews.com, said half-jokingly that she was "headed to Home Depot" to buy a security door after being barraged with telephone calls from the press.

A dual Canadian-American citizen, Anderson worked as Carradine's publicist and personal manager to get him cast in Quentin Tarrantino's 2003 film, "Kill Bill."

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