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Cameron Diaz

LOS ANGELES - The photographer who took topless photos of a 19-year-old aspiring model named Cameron Diaz, then attempted to sell them back to her after she became a star, now faces up to six years in prison.

John Rutter was convicted Monday of forgery, attempted grand theft and perjury. Rutter had testified that he gave Diaz two days to pay him $3.5 million for the photos before he shopped them to prospective buyers for a campaign timed to coincide with the 2003 release of her film "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."

But he said he was only offering Diaz "right of first refusal," not trying to blackmail her.

"Although I wish that this unfortunate situation hadn't occurred in the first place, I am very gratified that justice has been served," Diaz said in a statement.

Rutter, 42, had no comment. Defense attorney Mark Werksman said his client was devastated. "This is about the blackest day in John Rutter's life," Werksman said. "This was an epic battle between a rich and famous celebrity and a hardworking photographer."

Rutter was convicted of attempted theft for the alleged blackmail scheme, forgery for Diaz's apparent signature on a release form and perjury for declaring in a separate civil case that the signature was authentic. That civil case is pending.

Diaz was 19 when the photos were taken in 1992. She posed in leather boots and fishnet stockings in a warehouse for the shoot and at one point held a chain attached to a male model's neck.

Rutter had testified that he did not realize the signature on the release form was forged. ( Yeah, right!)

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Birth name: Cameron Michelle Diaz

Nickname: Cami
Height: 5' 9"

Born: 30 August 1972, San Diego, California

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#13). [1995]

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1998]

Started working as a model when was 16.

Was voted 13th in the Empire (UK) magazine's poll of the world 100 most sexy people. [August 1995]

Has a reputation for being late.

Auditioned for the film Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) but lost the role to Gabrielle Anwar.

Was set to play Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat (1995) but broke her wrist prior to filming and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson.

Got alcohol poisoning in Australia at age 18.

Very superstitious.

Father, Emilio Diaz, had a small role in There's Something About Mary (1998) as a 'Jailbird'.

Graduated High School from Long Beach Poly Class of 1990 in Long Beach California

Was a half-time dancer at football games in high school.

Police caught an airline security guard at Los Angeles International Airport stealing items from Diaz. Diaz reported her passport and a large sum of cash missing. [December 1999]

Engaged to actor Jared Leto. [November 2000]

Auditioned for the film Waking the Dead (2000/I) but lost the role to Jennifer Connelly.

Cameron's parents allowed the then - 16-year old to spend five years traveling the world to pursue her modeling career beginning in Japan, where she was accompanied only by a 15 year old fellow model.

Was discovered by a photographer at a Hollywood party who, within a week, helped her land a contract with the Elite Modeling Agency.

Lived with video producer Carlos De La Torre for five years.

Her father is Cuban.

Will ONLY wash her face in Evian spring water!

Became only the second actress to join the coveted $20 Million Club (after Julia Roberts), when she signed for that amount to do Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) in January 2002.

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.

Has an older sister named Chimene.

Her mother, Billie, is of Native American, Italian and German descent.

Voted the 11th Sexist Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.

Measurements: 34B-23-36 (on set of "The Mask") (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Broke off her engagment to Jared Leto

30 August 2003 - Broke her nose in a surfing accident in Hawaii on her birthday.

20 Novemeber 2003 - Photographer John Rutter was ordered to stand trial for attempted extortion, attempted grand theft, perjury, and forgery after trying to blackmail her with topless shots he had of her from a 1992 shoot.

Voted as #8 on the Top 100 Sexiest Women 2004 in FHM [DK]

Hosted the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards.

What She is Known For

Cameron Diaz was working as a model when she was asked to audition for The Mask, a film that transformed the 21-year-old Californian into an instant star. She has since forged an intriguing path with her career, balancing big-budget extravaganzas (Charlie’s Angels, There’s Something About Mary) with oddball independent films (Being John Malkovich, Feeling Minnesota). She’s currently dating pop singer Justin Timberlake.

2005 Career Highligts

With only one film in release, 2005 was a slower year than we’ve come to expect from Cameron. In Her Shoes, based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner , cast Cameron as a self-loathing party girl opposite Shirley MacLaine and Toni Collette and garnered the actress some of the best notices of her career. She was all over the small screen with appearances on talk shows like The Daily Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and even popped up on an episode of Inside The Actors Studio, where she revealed that her favorite word is “unity.”

2006 Career Forcast

Expect to see even less of Cameron in 2006, as the actress currently has only one film scheduled for release. Holiday, written and directed by Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want), revolves around an American (played by Diaz) who befriends a British woman (Kate Winslet) while on vacation in the United Kingdom. Cameron is also hard at work on the next installment of the Shrek series, along with Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy.
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