Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Los Angeles -- Cameron Diaz is seeking an injunction barring the release of photographs allegedly taken at a private modeling session more than a decade ago, before she was a star.
In the lawsuit, the 30-year-old "Charlie's Angels" star claims she didn't sign a photo release and that a release produced by the photographer is a forgery, her publicist, Brad Cafarelli, said Tuesday. He wouldn't describe the nature of the pictures. Photographer John Rutter told the syndicated news program "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 to "Inside Edition." "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 Tuesday that investigators searched Rutter's Venice apartment.
Madonna falls into the Gap
New York -- Madonna will be the new face for Gap's fall multimillion dollar ad campaign.
Gap's spokeswoman, Claudia Hawkins, would give few details Tuesday on the campaign, set to break July 28, other than to say it also features hip-hop star Missy Elliott.
Over the past several years, Gap has enlisted a diverse group of celebrities in its advertising, including India.Arie, Lisa Marie Presley, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston and Dennis Hopper.
This land is her land
Los Angeles -- Lawyers for an aerial photographer sued by Barbra Streisand for posting photographs of her Malibu estate on the Internet asked a judge to throw out the case, arguing the millionaire-environmentalist was attempting to document the coastline for preservation, not harass the star.
In her lawsuit filed May 20, Streisand accused Kenneth Adelman of violating her right to privacy.
Adelman says his California Coastal Records Project Web site provides the photographs for scientific and research purposes.
"They have presented no evidence he is stalking Streisand," Adelman's attorney, Richard Kendall, said Monday.
Kendall called the photos a matter of public interest and urged Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman to protect them as part of Adelman's free speech.
Santana raises millions to fight AIDS epidemic in Africa
Los Angeles -- Grammy-winning guitarist Carlos Santana has been working for free this summer so that those engaged in the fight against AIDS may benefit.
Santana, who pledged the net proceeds from the U.S. leg of his "Shaman" tour to the fight against the AIDS pandemic in Africa, wrapped up the 23-city tour Monday night with a Hollywood Bowl show.
He estimates the tour raised at least $2 million.
The money will go to a fund run by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Artists for a New South Africa.