Superstar soccer player, David Beckham, has filed a lawsuit seeking $25 million in damages due to the “severe emotional distress” he has experienced since claims about him committing adultery surfaced. Beckham is vehemently denying cheating on his wife, Victoria Beckham, with Irma Nici, a $10,000 per night prostitute.
The libel lawsuit is against In Touch Weekly and alleges that Beckham suffered humiliation, embarrassment, anger and worry since the magazine published reports of him soliciting Nici five times. To show libel, Beckham’s attorney will need to show that the magazine’s reports were a form of written defamation that involved false statements about Beckham, which ultimately damaged his reputation or career.
The key is showing that the statements published by the magazine were false which is exactly why Beckham’s attorney has submitted evidence to show that the soccer star was in London visiting his sick father on the night in question, and hence, an affair would not have been possible.
Nici filed a countersuit in October alleging that she has been suffering emotional and physical distress due to Beckham’s characterizations of her in the media.
Is this lawsuit really about holding publishers responsible for false reports, or just about damage control for a soccer superstar who has a baby on the way?