David Beckham to Sue US Magazine Over Prostitute Story
David Beckham Threesome With Prostitutes. That was the headline splashed all over US Magazine, the oh-so-popular weekly source for all things celebrity. The problem is that Beckham says that racy allegations are untrue and the soccer star is now suing US Magazine over the prostitute story. The article essentially claimed that Beckham had a threesome with some high-paid escorts in 2007. The article also quotes a 26 year-old prostitute claiming to have slept with Beckham on multiple occasions.
Fox Sports quotes a statement released by Beckham's management company, "The allegations are completely untrue and totally ridiculous as the magazine was clearly told before publication. Sadly, we live in a world where a magazine can print lies and believe that they can get away with it. This is an absolute stitch-up job. David has been set up and we believe it may be a malicious attempt to discredit him."
David Beckham has been married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham for eleven years, and the couple has three children together. In fighting the allegations against him, Beckham's legal team is likely seeking a high-figure sum in damages stemming from the publication.
Defamation, libel, and slander are all legal terms (and popular causes of action) for publicized false information. David Beckham is joining a long list of celebrities, such as Brangelina, Kate Hudson, and Reese Witherspoon that sued a magazine for falsely broadcasting their personal information. The suits typically involve claims of invasion of privacy and presenting the individual in a false light, and they are almost always settled before going to court. Although public figures have a higher burden of proof when brining a defamation suit, they also have the money and resources to meet the legal challenge.
- David Beckham to Sue Magazine over Hooker Claims (CBS News)
- The Slipperiness of Slander: The Suit Against Paris Hilton (FindLaw's Writ)
- Brangelina Seek Redress In Celeb Friendly English Courts (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice)
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