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Actress Diaz wins legal damages
Cameron Diaz
A-list actress Diaz recently starred in Curtis Hanson comedy In Her Shoes
A photographer who took topless photos of Cameron Diaz and tried to sell them back for $3.5m (1.9m) has been ordered to pay the actress undisclosed damages.

Superior Court Judge Valerie Baker ordered photographer John Rutter to pay statutory damages to the Charlie's Angel star in the civil action.

Rutter, 42, was convicted of forgery, attempted grand theft and perjury in a criminal trial last year.

The photographer is serving a jail term of three years and eight months.

Judge Baker also dismissed a counter action filed against Diaz by Mr Rutter.

Photographer John Rutter
John Rutter took the photos before Diaz found fame in The Mask

Diaz originally sued Mr Rutter in July 2003 after the photographer tried to sell back photographs he had taken of her in 1992, at the age of 19.

The actress maintained the model release form was forged.

Mr Rutter countersued a few months later, accusing Diaz of fraud and breach of contract.

His actions prompted Diaz's lawyers to bring the matter to the attention to the police and Mr Rutter was arrested in August 2003.

A hearing is currently pending on whether Mr Rutter should pay Diaz's legal fees for the civil case, which were listed in court documents as $650,000 (371,061).

The judge also issued a permanent injunction preventing the sale, license or other use of the photos and a videotape shot in 1992.

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