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Beckham's 'prostitute' libel case rejected

A judge threw out his £15.5million libel lawsuit against In Touch magazine but the footballer's attorney Richard B Kendall is already planning to appeal against the ruling.

The American gossip magazine published an article last year claiming he paid hooker Irma Nici and a mystery brunette £1,800 for sex in August 2007.

However, as Beckham's lawyers had to prove the magazine had acted 'with malice' to win the suit under American law, US District judge Manuel Real declared his lawyers hadn't shown enough evidence, adding that Nici had a 'right to free speech'.

Though judge Manuel Real noted inaccuracies in the story published, he said that the magazine not ensuring it established the facts first did not 'establish malice.'

Added to which, Beckham, 35, is a public figure and therefore there is a great deal of public interest in his personal life, the court noted.

Beckham sued the magazine in September and was seeking $25million.

The LA Galaxy star said he was visiting his ailing father in London during one of the alleged trysts.

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