World Motorsport boss involved in Nazi sex orgy wins case

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London, July 24 : World Motorsport boss Max Mosley has won a case against a Sunday newspaper over claims that an orgy that he took part in had Nazi overtones.

The High Court ruled that the News of the World had breached Mosley's privacy, and awarded him 60,000 pounds in damages.

Mr. Justice Eady said he could expect privacy for consensual "sexual activities (albeit unconventional)".

On his part, Mosley admitted to having a sado-masochistic sex session with five prostitutes, but denied that it had a Nazi theme.

The News of the World 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.

The BBC quoted Justice Eady as saying that: "I see no genuine basis at all for the suggestion that the participants mocked the victims of the Holocaust. The "bondage, beating and domination" that did take place was "typical of S (sadistic) and M (masochistic) behaviour."

"But 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," Justice Eady said.

The judge, however, opted to hand down a punitive rather than compensatory damages that had been sought by Mosley.

Outside the High Court, Mosley said he was "delighted with that judgement.

"It demonstrates that their Nazi lie was completely invented and had no justification," he said.

"It also shows that that 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 said the paper was pleased at the lack of punitive damages, but added that the "our press is less free today after another judgement based on privacy laws emanating from Europe".

Myler had told the court that he believed the story was one of "legitimate public interest and one that I believe was legitimately published".

ANI

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