Smith said her friend was born and raised in Singapore before attending Catholic school in Perth, Australia for two years. Lee and her family then moved to the Los Angeles area, Smith wrote, where she attended college and pursued a modeling career. Smith said Lee had recently returned to school.
But Smith said the label of "porn star" that has been given to Lee in some reports amounts to a "smear campaign."
Smith's posting noted that Lee never appeared in hard core or XXX-rated movies.
Candace Kita, a model and one time co-worker, told the AP that Lee was nude in her movies but did not portray any sex acts.
A man who answered the phone at an address listed for Lee in public records declined to comment on the case, though he expressed concern about the attention being paid to Lee's participation in adult films.
Her mainstream movie credits include bit parts in "Rush Hour 2" and "The Fast and the Furious."
Lee's murder is remiscient of that of model Jasmine Fiore, who police say was killed this summer by her husband, former reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins. Fiore's body was found XX stuffed into a suitcase, her fingertips and teeth removed to prevent identification, which was ultimately done through the serial number on her breast implants.
After a manhunt lasting several days, Jenkins was found dead in a Canadian hotel, hanging from a coat rack. His family has denied that he was responsible for Fiore's murder.