Friday, July 25, 2008

Formula 1 Sex-scandal: Max Mosley Wins Civil Suit Against The News Of The World Publication

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Max MosleyThe latest chapter in F1 boss Max Mosley's dramatic sex orgy scandal has recently concluded in a British civil court today where he was awarded 60,000 pounds (roughly $119,000) to be paid by The News of the World publication.

Mosley's legal team claimed the tabloid overstepped their boundaries illegally published private sexual material and wrongfully infused connotations that such S&M acts were Nazi themed.

In a statement issued by presiding Mr. Justice Eady, no reasonable evidence was found to support the publication's written accusations that Mosley's sexual activities were an "enactment of Nazi behaviour or adoption of any of its attitudes" or a mockery of Holocaust victims.

"I decided that the claimant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to sexual activities -- albeit unconventional -- carried on between consenting adults on private property," Justice Eady stated.

Furthermore he writes: "There was bondage, beating and domination which seem to be typical of S&M behaviour. But there was no public interest or other justification for the clandestine recording, for the publication of the resulting information and still photographs, or for the placing of the video extracts on the News of the World website -- all of this on a massive scale."

Mosley was denied punitive exemplary damages and still maintains his sexual acts with five prostitutes was consensual and in no way Nazi themed.

News of the World editor Colin Myler adamantly stood by his newspaper staff and stated outside of court, "The News of the World will remain committed to fighting for its readers' right to know." Myler continued to say the story was of "legitimate public interest and one that I believe was legitimately published."

Prior to this court ruling, Mosley was given a majority vote of confidence by members of Formula 1's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), to retain his position as president.

Source: The News of the World

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