Football star David Beckham was doing an interview outside a Milan hotel when an Italian TV reporter grabbed the 34 year old midfielder's groin and gave it a squeeze. The stunt was a "test" by an Italian satirical show to see if the football star measured up to his Armani billboard campaign, where he modeled tight fitting underwear for men.

Beckham looked understandably shocked and backed away from the female assailant, a blond haired TV reporter for the show Le Iene (The Hyenas). Security gathered around Beckham as the reporter ran down the street shouting "E piccolo, Beckham" ("Beckham is small"). Beckham then got into a black car whilst the reporter shouted at him: "You've taken us for a ride! How could you, David?"

There's no word yet on whether the woman will be prosecuted for sexual assault. Presumably the authorities will pursue the matter quickly.