Friday 15 December 2017

Mosley criticises 'outdated views' of tabloids

Gordon Rayner and Martin Evans in London

Max Mosley, the former Formula 1 boss, has accused tabloid newspapers of holding a "completely outdated" view that anyone with unusual tastes should be "pilloried".

Mr Mosley, who won a landmark privacy case against the 'News of the World' after it filmed him at an "orgy" with five prostitutes, said "we would still be persecuting homosexuals" if such thinking were the norm.

Mr Mosley, the son of the fascist leader Oswald Mosley, gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry about his fight with the 'News of the World' after it published a front-page story headlined "F1 boss has sick Nazi orgy with five hookers".

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He said he was given no warning of the story, meaning he had no chance to apply for an injunction.

He won £60,000 (€69,710) damages after a judge ruled there was no substance to the allegation that the "orgy" was Nazi-themed and also that his privacy had been breached.

The former head of the FIA, the governing body of F1, said that when he decided to sue he had the impression that "the entire resources of News International would be deployed to try to destroy me".

Mr Mosley said it had emerged during the court case that Neville Thurlbeck, the newspaper's chief reporter, had told one of the prostitutes to try to film him doing a Nazi salute. He claimed Mr Thurlbeck then tried to "blackmail" the woman by telling her that if she did not sign an interview backing up the suggestion of a Nazi theme, the newspaper would reveal her identity.

He said: "One was a very serious scientist, another had a major position in health care, and the thought of this being published was terrifying for them." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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