Beckham legal action to spice up UK courts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Spearman said the defense would argue that suggestion was true and would question the state of the celebrity marriage. The trial was to start Dec. 5 and was expected to take two weeks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! David Beckham and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, are taking legal action against a British tabloid that claimed their “happy marriage” is a sham. Beckham, the world’s most recognized soccer player, and his wife, the former Posh Spice, are seeking libel damages against the News of the World newspaper over an article that carried the headline: “Posh and Becks on the Rocks.” The case will be heard before a judge and jury at London’s Law Courts in December. During a pretrial hearing Monday, the couple’s lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, said the Beckhams would argue they had been defamed by the newspaper and that there was no truth in the story alleging the pair were maintaining a false image of a happy marriage to protect their financial interests. Richard Spearman, a lawyer for the newspaper’s publishers, News Group Newspapers, said the article suggested that because the Beckhams’ “substantial fortunes depend upon their public perception, the claimants have been cynically and hypocritically trying, for financial reasons, to convince the public that they continue to enjoy a happy marriage.” last_img read more

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