Beckham refused to pay €1m to stop email leak
David Beckham refused to pay €1m to blackmailers to stop a leak of his emails, it has been reported.
Hackers believed to be using Russian servers accessed millions of messages and documents from the computer system of Simon Oliveira's agency, which runs the former soccer star's publicity.
They allegedly demanded a sum of €1m not to expose the sensitive emails.
Leaked emails between Beckham and Mr Oliveira suggested his attempts to use his charity work were part of a campaign for a knighthood.
In one message the former England captain branded the Honours Committee "unappreciative c****" after missing out on a knighthood in 2013 and dismissed lesser awards, ranting: "Unless it's a knighthood f*** off".
In the emails Beckham also allegedly states: "It's a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would have got something like this 10 years ago."
But Beckham, who received an OBE in 2003, rejected the claims, maintaining that some of the emails had been doctored and others taken out of context. (© Daily Telegraph London)