LOS ANGELES – A bubbly Cameron Diaz testified yesterday she went topless for footage as a 19-year-old unknown, “exploring the chances of my physique,” however denied she ever signed away her rights to these racy photographs.
Diaz, 32, took heart stage of a legal trial in opposition to photographer John Rutter, who’s accused to forging the actress’ signature on an authorization launch in his bid to pump $3 million out of her.
Rutter is going through expenses of tried grand theft, perjury and forgery. Prosecutors are basing their case on a signed launch they imagine the photographer faked.
Armed with the alleged authorization, Rutter approached Diaz in June 2003 – simply earlier than the discharge of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Shrek 2” – providing to promote her the pictures.
“Completely, 100%, no!” Diaz stated, when proven her purported signature on a doc Rutter as soon as claimed gave him management of the images. “I’ve by no means signed my identify like that – I’m extra sure of that greater than something.”
Prosecutors declare Rutter solid Diaz’s signature by lifting it, with Adobe Photoshop, from a publicity photograph of her and Keanu Reeves for the flick “Feeling Minnesota.”
Diaz additionally testified that the “Feeling Minnesota” signature – penned diagonally, with an outsized “C” and “D” and a swooping “z” – can also be a pretend. That publicity shot had Diaz’s signature written throughout her shoulder, and the actress stated she consciously autographs footage in a clean area.
“I simply by no means signal my physique,” she stated “It’s only a quirk of mine.”
Underneath the pleasant questioning of Deputy DA David Walgren, a relaxed Diaz – sporting minimal make-up, a darkish chocolate-colored V-neck high, tan-brown pants and brown slingback heels – giggled as she recounted her early days of modeling.
Diaz stated she felt snug throughout the Could 30, 1992 shoot when she posed topless for Rutter in a collection of attractive lingerie-and-leather footage.
“I felt that it was a secure setting to [go topless]. I didn’t consider them as perversion. I didn’t consider it as pornographic,” Diaz advised the jury of six males and 6 girls. “I used to be 19 and exploring the chances of my physique. I wasn’t ashamed of it. I wasn’t ashamed to be on the market like that.”
“I used to be snug within the second,” stated Diaz, who ceaselessly smiled and tossed again her highlighted, shoulder-length blonde hair. “It was an expert shoot. It wasn’t like a again alley, ‘take your shirt off.’ “
Diaz stated she by no means signed a launch for Rutter.
“It was hammered into our heads. It was 101 of modeling, you don’t signal something,” Diaz stated. “All of it goes by means of the company. You don’t signal something on the shoot.”
“They [agents and managers] hammered it into us that if somebody provides you one thing [a contract to sign], it means they’re not doing enterprise the fitting approach.”