Becks lodges appeal to overturn court decision to throw out libel case

March 18th, 2011 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

David Beckham London, March 18 (ANI): Soccer ace David Beckham has launched a battle to overturn a court’s decision to throw out his 15.5 million-pound libel claim against a U.S. magazine which printed false sex slurs.

Last year, In Touch published an article claiming Beckham paid a 2,000 pounds-a-night prostitute, Irma Nici, and a “mystery brunette” for sex at New York’s Le Parker Meridien Hotel in August 2007.

Beckham immediately began legal action but his plans to sue were thwarted last month when a judge threw the case out.

He said the star’s lawyers failed to prove the publisher, German media giant Bauer, acted with “malice” in the case. As a result, they could not argue that Nici was not allowed the right to “free speech”, a U.S. constitutional right.

The 35-year-old footballer had hoped to prove the prostitute was lying in the courts after she alleged they had a fling. But Judge Manuel Real threw out his action in a court in Los Angeles on February 14.

However, Beckham has now lodged his appeal with the United States District Court’s Central District Of California, Western Divison.

The Daily Mail has learned that Beckham will attempt to prove that Bauer acted maliciously in publishing the false claims - having already accepted the claims are false.

In the appeal, he will say that documents which show this are in Bauer’s possession - and he will ask the court to order them to hand them over.

He will also claim they acted - with malice - by relying on the word of two

“admitted criminals” Nici and a witness, notorious former madam Kirstin Davis.

They will contend that Bauer did not obtain any “documentary evidence” of Nici’s allegations and will highlight the firm’s reliance “on paid informants who happen to be admitted criminals.”

They will also say the firm failed to give Beckham “reasonable time to demonstrate the story was false before it was published.”

“David is appealing both rulings and is confident justice will prevail,” the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for Beckham as confirming.(ANI)

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