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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mosley Wins Privacy Case, British Grannies Learn About S&M, Evangelicals Still Embarrassments to Selves

posted by on July 24 at 9:52 AM

Max Mosley, Formula One racing chieftain and son of 1930s fascist Sir Oswald Mosley, just won his privacy case against News of the World, which had published details of a Nazi-flavored S&M party Mosley hosted.

Or, in News of the World’s original headline:


Mosley argued:

… they had no right to go into private premises and take pictures and film of adults engaged in activities which are no-one’s business but those of the people concerned.

News of the World editor Colin Myler argued:

Taking part in depraved and brutal S&M orgies on a regular basis does not, in our opinion, constitute the fit and proper behaviour to be expected of someone in his hugely influential position.

The judge disagreed:

… 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.

A bunch of stupid British evangelicals denounced:

We condemn unconstructive relationships based upon the dominion of one person over another.

Mosley’s “Mistress Switch” appealed:

[It’s] like children playing cowboys and Indians, it’s adults having fun.

Now News of the World has to pay Mosley’s legal costs, plus 60,000 pounds. (Which, I assume, Mosley will spend on a massive orgy and send taunting photos to News of the World.)

But Mosley’s reputation remains fucked:

Paul Stoddart, the former boss of F1 team Minardi, said the sport was left “without credibility” while Max Mosley remained in charge. “Various heads of state that go to Grands Prix don’t want to be seen with him.”

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Mosley should sue the Grand Prix people if he's forced out.

Posted by Greg | July 24, 2008 10:05 AM

A ruling like this could never happen in the United States today. :-(

"You were doing WHAT with HOOKERS?"

Posted by Justin | July 24, 2008 10:13 AM

Mosley has already won a confidence vote by the members of the FIA. He'll not be forced out of his position as FIA head.

His reputation may be fucked, but it has been for a long time and that doesn't seem to affect his power or stature. It helps to have a very rich troll who controls F1 on one's side.

Posted by Not Kimi Raikkonen | July 24, 2008 10:16 AM
We condemn unconstructive relationships based upon the dominion of one person over another.

Unless, of course, it's a man dominating his wife and children.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 24, 2008 10:51 AM

Too late for a certain MI5 officer, whose wife was one of the participants. He got the sack after the story broke.

Posted by Toe Tag | July 24, 2008 12:36 PM

Fighting back against moralist bullshit has it's rewards. That should be the message. Just because some people (snobs and cowards) don't want to be seen with him shouldn't preclude his dismissal. And, as usual, the religionists should mind their own fucking business (considering all the child molesters they always harbor).

Posted by Vince | July 24, 2008 12:59 PM

Its interesting to note the differences between the US and the UK. He wouldn't have been able to sue the newspaper here, due to the US freedom of speech laws. Also, there are no US newspapers that can be compared to the vulgarity of the British tabloids.

Posted by blank12357 | July 24, 2008 2:23 PM

There's no perv like a British perv.

Unless of course it's a German perv. Those guys are OUT THERE.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | July 24, 2008 3:34 PM

MM @ 8, agreed! The stuff they're into doesn't even qualify as sex in my book. Freaks!

Posted by CP | July 24, 2008 7:04 PM

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