David Beckham is set to receive up to £500,000 in damages from a publisher whose magazine claimed he paid a prostitute for sex.
The England football star’s payout comes in Germany from the publisher of In Touch magazine, which claimed he paid Irma Nici for sex at a New York hotel, according to the Daily Mail.
Beckham, who denies the allegation, launched legal action in Germany and the US after the claims were published in both countries last year.
According to the report, Bauer, publisher of In Touch, lost a court case in Germany over the claims.
However, yesterday it emerged that Beckham failed in his $25m libel bid in the US because under US law he was required to prove not just that the allegations were untrue, but that the publisher acted with malice.
US District Judge Manuel Real threw out the lawsuit at a hearing in Los Angeles, saying as the Los Angeles Galaxy player was a public figure his lawyers had not shown that the tabloid published the story with malice.