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Settlement in Beckham libel case
Victoria and David Beckham
The Beckhams sued over the September 2004 article
David and Victoria Beckham have settled their libel action with the News of the World over allegations that their marriage is in trouble.

Their lawyer announced a confidential settlement had been reached.

The case was due to go to the High Court after the World Cup in June, in which Beckham will captain England.

The couple said the paper had been wrong to say their public image of a loving marriage was fake, and that Mrs Beckham was insulting to her husband.

"The defamation proceedings brought by David and Victoria Beckham against the News of the World have been resolved on a confidential basis," the couple's spokeswoman Jo Milloy said.

The September 2004 article, headlined Posh and Becks on Rocks, was based on tape recordings of interviews given to journalists by their former nanny Abbie Gibson.

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