September 23rd, 2010

David Beckham: Let’s Not And Say We Did – UPDATED

UPDATE: It appears the gloves are off and the rumble in the court jungle is about to go down. We eagerly await the next stage!

Could this week get any worse? We have hit the “push a puppy out of the way” stage of cranky already and certainly didn’t need to see the cover of In Touch magazine’s David Beckham + Hooker = Anger Making Skankocity tag line.

So, in the name of our delicate constitutions, how about we just make a few key points about how this story is being reported, and then if it’s alright, we’ll head back to checking if our local chocolate factory has agreed to let us take up employment? Because, Kickettes, we’re dunzo.

1. Always read the statements made by footballers in these types of jams very carefully. They often speak volumes.

2. Threatening to sue is not the same as actually suing. Further to that point, when someone does sue, check the specifics. We sincerely hope this is a clear cut, have-to-issue-an-apology-result. Let’s watch this space.

3. Consider a player’s history; the industry-wide, well-known level of solicitor power; the media blackout that occurred when this went down. (If you’ve not read this story which was only published in Australia, take a moment and read it now.)

4. Read what’s being reported in the UK versus what’s being reported in the US, where restrictions may not apply. Consider the way the UK is covering this story compared to the way they handled the Wayne Rooney and John Terry scandals.

5. Pray we don’t get sued for pointing these things out.

6. Be skeptical. We are. But be realistic.

Side note: As we’ve seen from the John Terry situation earlier this year, a player filing a super-injunction for privacy doesn’t automatically make them guilty. And we’re not implying in any way that Becks has filed an injunction, btw.

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26 Responses to “David Beckham: Let’s Not And Say We Did – UPDATED”

  1. Catherine says:

    In touch is so ridiculous! They are so desperate to sell magazines that they will literally try and screw up a marriage! That is just so despicable! ANd why would they go after becks and posh?! David is so sweet!

  2. mena says:

    I still don't know what to make of it all, but there are a few things that seem odd to me:
    1) that InTouch would even publish the story at all. Yes, it's an unreliable gossip rag, but they know the law and know exactly how many millions it would cost them if they went ahead with such a defamatory story. I mean, if the hooker's story is false, they would have to know. It's not every day that InTouch clearly identifies their source and that source has been very detailed & specific in her accusations.

    2) that Becks has been so public about his plans to "go after" the publisher and the hooker. Lawyers are never this public about their plans. This seems more like a PR strategy than a litigation strategy.

    3) that David's team is so eager to push the angle that this is all a smear campaign to sabotage England's WC bid – I mean, talk about trying to muddy up the water.

    4) that the other US gossip rags have yet to write about Beckham's lawsuit. They all looooove pointing out when their competition gets it wrong. If one of their own was about to go down in flames in a multi-million dollar celebrity defamation lawsuit, they would be all over it, yet none of them have said anything about InTouch screwing the pooch on this hooker story.

  3. Rae says:

    I'm pretty sure they're suing and demanding a front page retraction. The girl's story is actually laughable.

  4. Zhenya says:

    I just love that Burberry trench! <3!!!

  5. SlyMysteron says:

    Am I the only one who was instantly pissed, then IMMEDIANTELY decided to ignore the whole thing? I don’t even want to read the links provided in the article. I really just can’t take another prostitute confessional, break-up rumors, public reconciliation/ forgiveness baby/ divorce/ pretending that it didn’t happen- thing. Not Victoria! Is it totally naive and ridiculous to dismiss the claim, purely out of hope and exhaustion?

  6. JVD says:

    Wait for it… wait for it… nope. Still don't care. After that article in Men's Style, I was done buying the Beckhams as anything but a well dressed corporation. Love that coat,VB.

  7. hereforthenando says:

    I wonder who will be in a prostitute scandal next week.

  8. Missy Manchester says:

    Another excellent piece of writing Kickette. I truly appreciate the lengths you go to in researching your posts and educating your readers.

    This latest post of yours reminds me of a cliche…"Behind every great fortune is a crime" …except I'd change it to …"Behind every great fortune …is a couple of hooker stories." LOL

  9. DeeRoma says:

    I mean I don't recall hearing this issue about the players from Spain or possibly Italy. To me, that means they either are EXTREMELY discreet or they just don't openly stray as much.

    • BarceLisa says:

      you're right those would be the only infidelity stories that would shock me these days; if they involved a major Spanish or Italian player. Apart from the Marco Borriello STD story and Nereida Gallardo hooking up with Sergio Ramos pre-Ronaldo (neither story involved infidelity), you don't hear many scandalous stories coming from those countries.

      • DeeRoma says:

        But in Marco's case, he was in a committed relationship and she cheated correct?

        Note: I am not a Marco fangirl. He's not my boy.

  10. LoseThatGirl says:

    Don't really care (InTouch is famous for making stories up), but I do love Victoria's shoes….

  11. tammyv says:

    While I agree that In Touch is not reputable, given they also use the infamous "friends" as a source… this is different in that one of the parties allegedly involved is the one given the story openly and publicly.

    Now she was paid for story, there is no question, but they would have required some proof of actual contact, most likely. If I walked into In Touch and said, "I was a hook who slept with Beckham, give me $100,000 and I will give you my story." They would still require some proof to substantiate the claim. My guess if they are willing to go this public… they feel that they have bulletproof evidence.

    Kickette, I agree about threatening to sue and suing and what the actual suit entails. My favorite was Ashley Cole's suit against the media for the first round of cheating stories. In his court pleadings, he admitted to more affairs than the news was reporting

  12. Violets says:

    I'd just like to put it out there that In Touch is NOT at all a reputable source in the United States. If everything that they printed were true, most major American actresses would have each given birth to twenty children and divorced their husbands ten times over. If this were on the cover of People, which tends to be more accurate, I might get worried, but In Touch usually just prints trash from made-up sources.

    • crispy says:

      Right on. It's almost laughable that anyone would buy this given that the exact same cover has another headline that reads "Kourtney Kardashian Brainwashed!" LOL. In Touch is one step away from covering the further adventures of Bat Boy.

    • Leya_S says:

      As soon as I read this I was like "In Touch? Fake. If it were People…." And then I read your post. Well said!

      In Touch articles are often fraught with "says a source close to the pair's friend's barber's second cousin twice removed." Ridiculous.

      Although IF this turned out to be true, I'd only be about 28% surprised…

    • Emme says:

      Thank you, Violets! InTouch is a terrible magazine. People is definitely more accurate.

    • Steph says:

      Yep. That's what I came in here to say. NO one here believes In Touch. Everything they print is a lie. Just a few weeks ago, Kelly Osbourne was tweeting about this fake story they wrote about her and how it's completely untrue. Also, like you said, if it was People, then yeah. Totally credible, but In Touch? Please. They're about as believable as Star Magazine.

  13. LuvinBale says:

    I think this just makes me sad. Sad for Victoria because she lives with this hot mess. And I do mean HOT. Either she really loves him and/or it would be crazy complicated at this point to get a divorce. As for David- I’m so confused. They put on this act like they really love each other then he PAYS! for sex.
    If he is so inclined to tell this girl that he likes girls with curves then he should tell his wife that! Say “Vicky love- Im a man who loves woman with hips and ass and big t*ts!
    Is it possible for couple like this to do marriage counselling?
    Again I’m just sad for them and confused with the whole situ.

  14. Angie says:

    All I can say to this is "ah, well…" Surprised but then again not really, so…ah, well. Instead, I think I'll just forget I ever read this and go back to looking at Niko.

  15. Red_Girl says:

    Surely not. Surely, surely not.

  16. DeeRoma says:

    I think my reaction is somewhere around ignorance is bliss. Not that I believe a footballer's life is butterflies and rainbows…because I don't.

  17. RedAne says:

    no comments yet? guess you girls are really shocked with this, right? well, guess i'm developing some kind of hard skin concerning these "love escapes" of our beloved footballers!!! i mean, i think that if the average man (husbands, boyfriens – not ours, let's hope!) does it, why wouldn't a footballer???