Originally created 04/15/04

One alleged mistress defends her story, another savaged in press



LONDON -- One woman who claims she had an affair with David Beckham insisted she had no reason to lie, while another was accused by a tabloid newspaper on Wednesday of being a prostitute.

Rebecca Loos, the former personal assistant to the Real Madrid and England soccer star, reportedly says in an upcoming television interview that the affair left her "breathless" and "very happy."

Sarah Marbeck, a model who also claims an affair with Beckham, was described in The Sun as "a high-class hooker."

Boardroom Escorts, based in Sydney, Australia confirmed that Malaysian-born Marbeck worked for the agency in 2001, the year she claimed she had a sexual relationship with Beckham, the Australian Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Boardroom Escorts spokesman Graeme Edwards was quoted by The Sun as saying that Marbeck had been paid to visit "dozens of executive clients in their hotel rooms."

Edwards did not return calls from The Associated Press.

Beckham and his wife, Victoria, have denounced the claims of affairs as "ludicrous" and "absurd," and have been making a public show of unity. They were photographed Tuesday in Madrid on a shopping trip with sons Brooklyn and Romeo.

Marbeck's lawyer Michael Brereton declined to comment on The Sun report. "I have heard of it but I haven't seen it," he said.

In a statement released Tuesday, Marbeck said she decided to tell her story "because for two years my life was on hold while I waited for him (Beckham)," she said.

"Finally, I accepted that my relationship with Beckham was over and I decided to move forward with my life. But in that time my life changed forever, and there is no way back for me," her statement added.

Loos has taped an interview with Britain's Sky One channel, scheduled for broadcast Thursday night.

Sky refused to comment on reports in the British press that it paid $900,000 for the interview. She also was reported to have been paid a six-figure sum for her interview with the News of the World, the Sunday tabloid which broke the story.

"People are calling me a liar and calling me names and, you know, at the end of the day these are the facts," Loos said in an excerpt from the TV interview broadcast Wednesday by Sky News.

"I was wrong to have done what I did, I know that, but it happened. I'm not going to live a lie," she said.