When I was younger, I remember wanting to be famous. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be famous for, I was just fascinated by the lifestyle. As the years went on, that fascination faded. I learned that being a celebrity requires you to practically hand over your privacy and free will. There’s always someone prying into your personal life and assuming things that they don’t know for a fact. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t even imagine what that must be like.
Soccer superstar David Beckham is one person who doesn’t enjoy that aspect of his fame. Back in September of 2010, In-Touch magazine put out a story about Beckham having an affair with a prostitute that cost $10,000 a night. We all know how writing about a celebrity’s love life is like Christmas for the press. This time, Santa didn’t bring any presents for In-Touch. Instead, they got a lawsuit.
Beckham and his wife (who are still happily married) were very upset about the story for the simple fact that it wasn’t true. They took the publishing company of the magazine and the prostitute (who provided them with the story) to court on a libel lawsuit. In addition to libel, they also sued for slander and “intentional infliction of emotional distress”.
In my research for a ruling to the case, I instead found out that Irma Nici, the prostitute, has countersued Beckham. She is claiming that the heat she received from his legal team is what recently sent her to the hospital. Now Nici feels that David Beckham should have to pay for this.
When a ruling is finally made, I think that the judge or jury should rule in favor of David Beckham. It’s obvious that he is very into his family, and even has his wife behind him instead of jumping on the accusation bandwagon.
Just as Tiger Woods’ mistresses gained fame when his secrets hit the fan, I think that Irma Nici is seeking that kind of attention. In-Touch was even told beforehand that her story wasn’t true. It was foolish on their part to take the risk in publishing it, though they were probably just trying to get the story first, they compromised their fact checking.
For Beckham to win the case, he’ll have to prove that actual malice was used, which will be very difficult. If he does win, In-Touch magazine could lose some of its credibility. But what if Beckham doesn’t get a ruling in his favor? Would you ever have imagined that the press would be so powerful? This case is just another prime example of how complicated the law is when it comes to the news media!!
(I’m pretty sure that the actual article has been removed, but check out this article from E! Online. Here you can see the actual lawsuit in writing and the related documents!)