Former SPICE GIRL Victoria Beckham and her husband DAVID have won the right to hear tapes in which their former child-minder blasts their marriage as a sham.

The showbiz couple, who have been married for more than five years, are set to sue British newspaper the News Of The World later this year (05) over allegations made by nanny ABBIE GIBSON that their relationship was on the rocks.

The UK's High Court has ruled that the couple are entitled to hear tapes made by Gibson which the paper will use in its libel defence.

Justice CHARLES GREY, who presided over the hearing, also proclaimed the Beckhams would not have to hand over detailed mobile phone records and documents relating to his split from a PR firm after his alleged affair with personal assistant Rebecca Loos.

During the court proceedings, the News Of The World's lawyer RICHARD SPEARMAN said the couple "have been cynically and hypocritically trying - for financial reasons - to convince the public that they continue to enjoy a happy marriage."