David Beckham has instructed his lawyers to sue In Touch magazine, after they carried a front-page lead alleging he had a threesome with a hooker and a vice girl.
Beckham wholly denies the accusation, made by prostitute Irma Nici, that he paid £3,200 to have 'unprotected sex' with her in a New York Hotel in 2007.
Bosnian-born Nici claims Beckham first paid £1,500 to watch the her and another girl go at it, before handing Nici £3,200 to stay the night at Le Park Meridien Hotel. She also claims he met up with her again a month later at Claridge's Hotel in London.
But according to a report in today's Sun, Beckham called the claims "wholly unfounded", and labelled them "a series of malicious lies".
There are even some theories circulating that the rumours are part of attempted smear campaign, designed to undermine England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Nici has acted fast to set up her own website - charging 60p for every picture downloaded by a user.