LOS ANGELES – Lawyers for David Beckham have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging that a magazine knowingly published false claims that the soccer superstar had sex with prostitutes.

The suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Delaware-based Bauer Publishing Company LP and its affiliates of libel, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress for the In Touch magazine article.

The suit also names 26-year-old Irma Nici, who is quoted as saying she was a call girl who slept with Beckham five times in 2007. She claims he also had sex with a second prostitute.

Beckham publicist Jeff Raymond says suits are being filed in other jurisdictions including Germany, where Bauer’s parent corporation is located.

An e-mail to Bauer late Friday was not returned.

Photos aim to show Anna Nicole Smith not impaired

LOS ANGELES – Suggesting pictures are more powerful than words, the defense in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case on Friday showed jurors 90 photos depicting the last five months of the former Playboy model’s life.

With defense lawyers planning to call no witnesses after the prosecution rests its case Monday, the photos were designed to show Smith was not impaired by drugs as witnesses have testified.

Smith died in Florida on Feb. 7, 2007, of a viral infection and an overdose of nine different drugs.

Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, a psychiatrist, have pleaded not guilty to providing Smith excessive opiates and sedatives. They are not charged in her death.

Lohan’s jail stay is very brief

LOS ANGELES – Lindsay Lohan was freed from a suburban Los Angeles jail late Friday night, well short of the nearly monthlong stay a judge had intended for the actress following a failed drug test.

Lohan was freed at about 11:40 p.m. after posting $300,000 bail, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox had ordered Lohan held without bail during a brief hearing Friday morning, But his ruling later was overturned after the “Mean Girls” star’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, filed a late-afternoon appeal seeking bail.

Judge Patricia Schnegg, an assistant supervising judge, issued a ruling shortly before 6 p.m., saying that since the starlet had been convicted of misdemeanors, she was entitled to bail.

The actress is not entirely free. She will be required to wear an ankle alcohol monitor and stay away from establishments that primarily sell alcohol.

She is also due back in court on Oct. 22, when the judge who curtly sent her to jail will decide what her punishment will be for failing a drug test roughly two weeks after he released her early from rehab.

At that hearing, Fox will formally determine whether Lohan, 24, violated her probation by failing a court-mandated drug test.