January 11, 2011
Former FIA chief Max Mosley is asking a Eurpean court to render a ruling on a British media law nearly three years after a tabloid published pictures claiming the motorsport boss engaged in sado-masochistic sex parties and had taken part in a Nazi-themed orgy. While Mosley has admitted to having a penchant for S&M-styled sex, he is claiming the media violated his privacy.
The 70-year old Mosley is the son of British fascist leader Oswald Mosley of the 1930s. He wants the Strasbourh-based Eurpoean Court of Human Rights to rule that British media be forced to inform people before making public disclosures about their sex lives.
"When somebody's privacy is about to be violated, that person should have the chance to go before a court, rather than it just being media editors that decide whether to destroy that private life or not," Mosley blasted after the court hearing.
The former president of Formula One's governing body -- the International Automobile Federation (FIA) -- has campaigned for privacy laws in Britain since Britain's News of the World published embarrassing pictures and videos of him early in 2008.
In 2008,an MI5 officer was forced to resign after admitting that his wife was a prostitute who took part in a notorious "Nazi-style orgy with Max Mosley, the Formula One racing chief.
The intelligence officer, who could not be named for security reasons, left the service in 2008 after it emerged that his wife was one of the five call girls who took part in the sadomasochistic sex session with Mosley.
Exposure of the lurid orgy led to calls for Mosley to step down from his post as president of the FIA, the governing body of world motor sport.
By Dallas Bianchi