|Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham. REUTERS/Molly Riley, file
David Beckham became enraged with a soccer fan who taunted him on Friday ver allegations he slept with a prostitute, just hours after his attorneys launched a huge legal battle against the lurid claims.
Earlier this week the sports superstar issued a statement vehemently denying a story in America's In Touch Weekly magazine which suggested he hired former hooker Irma Nici in 2007.
As promised in his initial statement, Beckham instructed his lawyers to kick off a series of legal battles to combat the claims, filing papers at Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.
In the documents, Beckham's team targets editors at the magazine, executives at Bauer Publishing and 26-year-old Nici for libel, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Lawyers have reportedly located the ex-hooker at a hotel in New York, where they are waiting to serve her with a writ, according to Britain's News of the World.
The sportsman tried to put on a brave face at an L.A. Galaxy soccer match just hours after the suit was filed on Friday, but as he made his way from the pitch to the locker room, a Galaxy supporter shouted "Stop with the prostitutes", prompting a fuming Beckham to stride over and demand the fan to repeat himself.
In a video obtained by the News of the World, Beckham is heard growling, "Do you want to say it again? Do you want to say it again?", before looking disgusted as he recognizes the man is wearing his own team's shirt, adding "You got a Galaxy shirt on! You got a Galaxy shirt on!"
He then storms off, but turns around again to snap, "Say it to my face."