25 Jul 2008

Mosley wins legal action

5:56 am on 25 July 2008

World motorsport boss Max Mosley has won a legal action against a British Sunday newspaper over claims an orgy he took part in had Nazi overtones.

The High Court ruled the News of the World did breach Mr Mosley's privacy, awarding him 160 thousand dollars in damages.

The judge said he could expect privacy for consensual "sexual activities (albeit unconventional)".

Mr Mosley admitted a sado-masochistic sex session with five prostitutes, but denied that it had a Nazi theme.

His father was the 1930s fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley.

The paper's story was based on a secret video from one of the women who took part in the sex session at a London flat in March.

At the High Court, Mr Justice Eady said there was "no evidence that the gathering on 28 March 2008 was intended to be an enactment of Nazi behaviour or adoption of any of its attitudes. Nor was it in fact.

68-year-old Mosley says his life has been devastated by the News of the World story and the posting of the video footage on its website.