25 June 2009
Beckham wins damages in libel case
Footballer David Beckham has secured "substantial" damages in a libel case.
The England international, who is currently playing for US team Los Angeles Galaxy, took legal action against the Daily Star over an article which was published in April.
In the story, it was claimed that Beckham had "made a play" for model Mariann Fogarasy and had been emailing her with "private party" invitations since they met while the footballer was signed to play in the Spanish league.
Beckham's legal representative argued that the allegations were defamatory and untrue.
The newspaper has now retracted the claims and accepted that the footballer did not behave in this way.
As such, it has apologised to his family for any distress, embarrassment and injury caused.
The Daily Star's publisher, the Express Group Newspapers, also came to an agreement concerning compensation.
As well as issuing a payout and an apology, the organisation agreed to cover the legal costs incurred by Beckham.