Soccer star David Beckham is all set to face his sex scandal accuser in a US court hearing in the new year.
The 35-year-old LA Galaxy player was due to give a formal statement in the case before Christmas, but his attorneys have managed to get the hearing postponed until after his family festivities with wife Victoria and their three young sons.
Beckham launched his 16 million pounds legal action against hooker Irma Nici, 25, and German-owned US magazine In Touch over an article in which she claimed he hired her and a “curvy brunette” for sex romps at New York’s Le Parker Meridien Hotel in 2007.
Bosnia-born Nici is counter-suing the former England star for a million dollars, claiming he caused her “emotional and physical pain and distress”.
As a result of her counter-suit, Beckham will be ordered to give his deposition - the US equivalent of swearing an affidavit - at a private hearing within the next month, reported Daily Star.
Unlike the British legal system, Nici will be allowed to fire questions at the football star about their alleged liaison.
Nici’s lawyer Paul Jensen has said he may unveil the mystery brunette, who would also be allowed to grill Beckham.
“David will have his own lawyers present, of course. But he’s still angry and fearful that he may be forced to divulge matters about his private life.
“This whole case has become a thorn in his side,” said an LA Galaxy team mate.
“I’m not saying he regrets suing the magazine and this woman but I don’t think he realised how intensely personal the pre-trial system can be over here,” he added.