Just six weeks after being hit by unproven allegations of extramarital affairs, soccer star David Beckham is facing a new batch of claims.
Papers filed in a California court last week by ‘In Touch’ magazine and its parent company, ‘Bauer’ claim the 35-year old sportsman had an affair with an LA-based lingerie saleswoman, and met her at the Figueroa Hotel after Lakers basketball games. The papers also claim that:
1) This alleged mistress showed friends texts from David.
2) David was seen in the Sunset Towers Hotel on Sunset Boulevard one night “talking anxiously on the phone,” then leaving with a ‘pretty young blond.’
3) Three sources saw David at two other hotels “with women who were not his wife.”
The papers also allege the Beckham’s nanny saw ‘suggestive texts’ that imply he had an affair with Shery Shabani, a married jeweler from Beverly Hills whose children attend the same private school as David’s three boys.
But a source close to the star says Dave is unmoved;
“This is a smokescreen and it’s not going to hold up in court,” the pal told Radar. “This posturing, with no evidence and no facts isn’t going to stall the inevitable.”
These latest unfounded claims follow In Touch’s last fact-free tale that David had a torrid affair in 2007 with a Bosnian escort, Irma Nici. Dave is now suing her and the mag, but the folks at ‘Us’ seem unbowed;
“Before we received information concerning his relationship with Nici, the magazine had been working on stories about Beckham’s reputation for adultery,” Us’s Executive Editor, Deborah Baer tells the court. “In March, one of our reporters received information that a woman at a lingerie store had an affair with Beckham. That employee told friends, and we pursued the story.”
They sent a hack to Hawaii to track down the girl’s parents, but had no luck. But read on;
“We also learned she showed another friend a text from Mr. Beckham,” Baer writes. “We understood he would meet her at the Figueroa, and we confirmed he stayed there more than once.
They then contacted the woman in question – who promptly tore the whole story to shreds. But despite denials from both the ‘victim’ and David, the stupid rolls on;
“We elected not to publish the article,” Ms. Baer modestly writes. “But we continue to believe Mr. Beckham did have a relationship with this woman.”
As for Ms. Shabani, her husband named David in their divorce case and told Us Weekly David had an affair with her. The publishers then added the [unproven] tales of Ms. Nicci and printed the story with enormous fanfare.
David and his wife, Victoria are now suing them for $25-million – plus punitive damages – for ever running the tale.
“The case arises from the defendant’s publication of lies to make money for themselves and to embarrass and inflict emotional distress upon Beckham,” says their writ. “The defendants published these statements with malice and with intent to profit by causing harm to Beckham.”
The publishers have since filed a motion to get the case dropped, claiming they “did nothing more than report what we believed was true.” according to the papers. “In Touch published its article based on the first-hand recollections of Irma Nici as confirmed by [her pimp] Kristin Davis,” they claimed in the filing.
Then comes this priceless prose;
“Beckham offers nothing other than his word to dispute the well-researched, well-sourced story that In Touch Weekly published.”
Their whole case is based on the unproven ramblings of a husband facing a crushing divorce, a Bosnian hooker and her pimp…And they call it ‘well-sourced.’
Guess this explains all of the pictures lately with him and his kids only,