David Beckham: Hacked Emails “Inaccurate” And “Doctored”
David Beckham says hacked emails in which he allegedly complains about his charity work and not being knighted are “inaccurate” and “doctored.” See statement below.
On Friday, leaked emails were published online showing alleged discussions between Beckham and one of his publicists. In the correspondence, the superstar athlete seemingly ranted over the suggestion he donate $1 million to UNICEF, and slammed opera singer Katherine Jenkins for making the Queen’s honors, while he was still waiting to be knighted. The documents also make reference to shady business deals.
But Beckham and his camp are fighting back. In a statement furnished to Gossip Cop by his rep, it’s said:
“This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.
David Beckham and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years. The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world. David Beckham has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term.
Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there. David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”
The soccer player has served as an ambassador for UNICEF. As Gossip Cop reported, Beckham was on “GMA” in December to celebrate the charity’s 70th anniversary. The organization now says in its own statement:
UNICEF has become aware of media reports relating to 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund. Some reports relate to alleged private correspondence between our ambassador and other parties, which we have not seen and cannot comment upon.
David Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, and as well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for children, David has given significant funds personally. The 7 Fund supports programmes for children, tackling issues such as malnutrition, violence, AIDS and emergencies. For example, in June 2016 David visited Swaziland to raise awareness of the devastating drought affecting Eastern and Southern Africa, helping UNICEF reach people around the world with important messages about the need for urgent action.
UNICEF works closely with high profile personalities in good faith to fundraise, advocate and make long-term change for children in danger around the world. Our Ambassadors support UNICEF in a voluntary capacity, receiving no fee for their time and commitment. They contribute greatly to UNICEF’s work for children.
We are extremely proud of the 7 Fund and all it has achieved for children. Since it launched in February 2015 it has raised millions of pounds for UNICEF programmes and reached millions of people around the world with crucial messages about our work for very vulnerable children.
The statement concludes by listing “examples of how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is helping to save and change children’s lives around the world.” Beckham himself has not personally commented apart from the aforementioned statement calling the emails “inaccurate” and “doctored.”