Cameron Diaz has appeared before a criminal trial, to testify over topless photographs taken of her before she was famous. She described how she entered modelling and went overseas when she was just sixteen-years-old.

She told the courtroom, "I had four pictures in my book, and I went to Japan. Didn't work." After she got a modelling job in Japan, she said, "I was like, yes."

Photographer John Rutter tried to sell the topless pictures back to Diaz in 2003, while she was promoting the sequel to Charlie's Angels. He is charged with one count each of attempted grand theft, forgery and perjury. If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison.

Prosecutors claim Rutter used a forged model release form to put pressure on Diaz. Defense attorney Mark Werksman has portrayed Diaz as an actress ashamed of her past, who used her celebrity status to persuade the district attorney to do her bidding.

A judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Rutter from distributing the snapshots. Diaz has also sued Rutter in civil court.