Beckham to sue magazine for prostitute story

The former England skipper will demand a front-page retraction and will sue In Touch for damages.

Footballer David Beckham will file a suit in Germany against the US weekly magazine In Touch, which published a story claiming that the sports star had sexual relations with a prostitute, Beckham's publicist Jeff Raymond has announced.

According to Raymond, the former England captain, who now plays for LA Galaxy, has demanded a front-page retraction. He will also be suing In Touch - published by Hamburg-based Bauer Media - in several jurisdictions.

The Guardian reports that Beckham will file separate cases in the US for malice, and for defamation and slander in Germany.

In Touch had carried a story quoting an alleged call girl Irma Nici, who said she had sex with Beckham five times in August 2007. She further claimed that the footballer also had sex with another prostitute.

In a statement, Beckham's legal counsel dismissed the claims as "completely untrue and totally ridiculous."