The DJ who was featured in an internet picture with footballer Ashley Cole after tabloid allegations of a gay orgy has initiated legal action against the Sun and the News of the World.

Ian Thompson, known as DJ Masterstepz, was not named by either newspaper, both of which printed stories claiming a well-known DJ had taken part in gay sex acts with Premiership footballers. An unedited version of the obscured picture that the News of the World printed was later published on PinkNews.co.uk.

Mr Thompson is represented on a conditional fee arrangement by David Price Solicitors, which suggests his lawyers are confident of victory. A statement said: “These proceedings have been brought because the allegations are utterly without foundation.”

“Masterstepz values his reputation as a leading DJ and is not prepared to let his name be tarnished by the claims in these newspapers.”

Ashley Cole’s lawyers revealed today they were considering legal action against Google over the search results that appear when users type his name. He began legal action last week.