Not a great day for the Beckham bunch.
On Monday, the judge overseeing David Beckham's $25 million lawsuit against a hooker and a magazine publisher he insisted defamed him by printing a slanderous story about him and the hooker threw out the case, calling Beckham's life "public interest."
Back in October, In Touch Weekly, a magazine under Bauer Publishing, ran spread about David soliciting sex from this girl twice, in New York and London, for $10K a romp.
After hearing both sides of the case, Judge Manuel L. Real made the sensual ruling that:
* Beckham is a public figure and the details of his private life are in the public interest;
* Irma Nici, the hooker involved with the case, has a right to make free speech; and
* Plaintiff (Beckham) has not demonstrated properly that the publisher demonstrated clear and convincing evidence it acted with malice.
As Judge Real handed down his finding, he added:
“While plaintiff points out red flags in Bauer’s story, the failure to investigate doesn’t establish malice."
Somehow, we don't think this is fair. If we were Becks, we'd appeal this ruling…and fast! Something just doesn't add up for us.
[Image via WENN.]