February 19, 2011
Beckham may have to testifyFacing deposition over prostitute claims
Soccer star David Beckham may have to face a court battle over allegations he cheated on his wife Victoria with a prostitute after a sex worker filed legal documents asking lawyers to order him to testify.
On Monday, Beckham was dealt a blow as his libel lawsuit over the In Touch article detailing the claims by Irma Nici was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Manuel Real for failing to produce evidence editors published the story with malice.
Now Nici has filed legal documents calling for lawyers to serve Beckham with a deposition ordering him to appear in court over her allegations, which his representative has previously branded "untrue and ridiculous."
Documents, obtained by Britain's Daily Mirror, reveal Beckham faces calls to be subjected to an "examination before an officer authorized to administer oaths" on Feb. 24.
Nici's attorney Paul Jensen is expecting Beckham to appeal the deposition, but he's adamant the soccer star will have to go through with it at some point.
"He may try to delay, reschedule or postpone it -- but he can't avoid it," Jensen told the Daily Mirror.