Max Mosley, the former Formula One supremo, has died aged 81. Mosley, who drove
in European Formula Two. Mr. Mosley was President of the FIA and one of F1’s most
influential ever figures, but later threw his weight — and his millions — behind calls for
stricter Press controls after the News of the World filmed him at a sadomasochistic orgy
with five prostitutes.
His father was Sir Oswald Mosley, the odious Blackshirt fascist leader, and Hitler
Mosley was a barrister and amateur racing driver who would go on to help build F1
into a global mega-brand with Bernie Ecclestone, who told MailOnline it was like losing a
member of his family.
But in later life, he became most famous for his legal battle with the News of the World
over his sadomasochistic orgy.
He took the Sunday newspaper to court in 2008 and won a landmark privacy case having
successfully sued the News of the World for claiming his five-hour bottom-spanking,
whipping and fantasy session with women in striped prison pyjamas had a ‘Nazi theme’.
A judge ruled in favor of Mosley who had argued that there was no Nazi element to the
orgy and that the story on the front page was not in the public interest.