Charlie’s Angels star Cameron Diaz is taking legal action in a bid to stop photographs taken at a private modelling session over a decade ago being released.
In the lawsuit, the 30-year-old actress claims she did not sign a photo release and that a release produced by the photographer is a forgery, her publicist, Brad Cafarelli, says. He refused to describe the nature of the pictures.
Photographer John Rutter told the syndicated news programme Inside Edition he had contacted Diaz’s lawyers to offer them the photos before he sold them to any media outlets.
“This was a negotiation for a right of first refusal with Cameron Diaz’s lawyers,” Rutter said in a statement. “A few hours after her lawyers offered to buy the photos my place was raided.”
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office confirmed that investigators searched Rutter’s Venice flat as part of a continuing investigation.
“Our office executed search warrants on June 30 involving an incident where Cameron Diaz is the alleged victim,” said Jane Robison.
She declined to provide further details. No charges have been filed against Rutter.
There were few details available about the contents of the photographs, but Rutter described them as “beautiful”, Inside Edition reported. Rutter said he took the photographs well before Diaz’s big break in the 1994 film, The Mask.