Cameron Diaz wins damages over topless photos
LOS ANGELES, Apr 6 (Reuters) ''Something About Mary'' star Cameron Diaz has won damages from a Los Angeles photographer who was convicted of using a forged release to sell topless pictures of the actress, a spokesman for the actress has said.
Spokesman Brad Cafarelli yesterday declined to say how much Diaz won in damages but said she also was seeking an order from the court requiring photographer John Rutter to pay her attorney fees.
Rutter was sentenced to nearly four years in prison last September over what prosecutors called a scheme to blackmail Diaz with steamy, bondage-themed photos taken when she was 19 and looking to break into Hollywood.
Diaz, 33, and Rutter sued each other in civil court over the dispute, which the photographer called a misunderstanding.
Cafarelli said a judge had found in favor of the ''Charlie's Angels'' star.
''Ms. Diaz obtained a summary judgment against Mr. Rutter for unauthorized commercial use of her name and likeness as well as statutory damages and there is now a permanent injunction in place prohibiting the sale, license or other use of the materials including both the photographs and the videotape in question,'' Cafarelli said.
During the criminal trial, prosecutors accused Rutter of forging Diaz's signature on a 1992 release form and telling the actress that he would publish the topless photos unless she paid him 3 million dollar.
Diaz acknowledged posing for the pictures when she was an unknown 19-year-old model but said she never signed the release and felt betrayed when Rutter approached her with them in 2003.
Rutter testified that he believed the signature was genuine and that he was giving Diaz the chance to keep potentially embarrassing photos out of circulation.
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