David Beckham lodges appeal to overturn thrown out libel case

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  • Earlier this year, the sports star’s compensation claim was dismissed by courts, but now he’ll battle to overturn the decision

    Earlier this year, David Beckham’s £25 million lawsuit against In Touch magazine was thrown out by US courts, after lawyers failed to show publishers ‘acted with malice’ when printing affair allegations.

    But yesterday a spokesman confirmed Becks will appeal the decision, in a bid to get the court case back on track.


    In September last year, the American weekly title published a story claiming the footballing star and self confessed family man slept with high-class call girl Irma Nici five times, and paid another ‘mystery brunette’ for sex back in 2007.

    When the news broke, Beckham’s camp slammed the ‘ridiculous’ affair allegations – which said the star paid up to $10,000 a time for the fling – branding them ‘lies,’ and confirming they would be taking legal action to demand a front page apology.

    But before it had even got underway, David’s lawsuit faced a massive setback earlier this year, after the case was thrown out of American courts.

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    US District Judge Manuel Real said that ‘whether or not the statement of the alleged affair was in fact false,’ David failed to show publishers acted with malice.

    The judge also added that any allegations of infidelity against the footballer would be of interest to the public, claming there was no evidence to say the magazine ‘avoided the truth’. 

    But yesterday, David’s legal team confirmed they are set to lodge an appeal, in a bid to overturn the failed court case.

    ‘David is appealing both rulings and is confident justice will prevail,’ a spokesman said in a statement.

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    It’s thought lawyers will argue David was not given enough time to prove the reports were false before the magazine went to press.

    According to the Daily Mail, they’ll also try to prove publishers acted ‘with malice’ by relying on information provided by ‘paid informants who happen to be committed criminals’ – Irma Nici, and Kirstin Davis.

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