Former England football captain David Beckham has filed a lawsuit against a US celebrity weekly that published allegations that he slept with a prostitute.
Beckham filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, accusing the magazine In Touch of libel and slander. He also alleges the magazine knowingly published false information.
In Touch wrote that Beckham, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy, had an affair with a prostitute in New York in August 2007. Their source was Irma Nici, 26, who described herself in the cover article as a high-class prostitute.
Beckham is also suing Nici for damages.
The football star has been married to his wife Victoria, a pop star and former Spice Girl, for 11 years. The couple has three children.
Beckham’s agent Jeff Raymond said that a lawsuit was also filed in Germany against In Touch’s corporate parent, Bauer Publishing.
Beckham’s legal representatives earlier said in a statement that the In Touch claims were “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 they can get away with it,” the representative said.