>> Reporter: In 1996,13-year-old jessica biel was the picture of contentmenteaven.' Four years l herself at the center of a legal controversy, when she posed topless for 'gear' magazine.
>> This is a cover where she decided she wanted to change her image. She's sick of being sweet, sick of seeing less talented actresses landing big movie
>> reporter: In the article, biel was quo she hoped the photos would get her fired from '7th heaven', she claimed executive producer aar her that he 'owned her,' and wouldn't let her out of her contract to do films. Citing defamation, biel's boss sued the magazine for $100 million.
>> We have a contract with her. I adore her. She's very sweet, a marvelous actress. I just don't like to see a magazine take advantage of a 17-year-old.
>> Reporter: Biel's bold move worked. The 19-year-old is still on '7th heaven,' and co-stars in the upcoming film 'summer catch' with freddie prinze jr. It's a formula the late dana plato also tried.
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