Motor racing boss
Max Mosley has confirmed that he loves sadomasochistic role-playing. Mosley,
68, told a London
court of the thrill of corporal punishment among consenting people, something
he had enjoyed from a 'young age.'
is president of
the Fédération Internationale de
l'Automobile (FIA), the
governing body for Formula One and other international motorsports.
Hidden cameras had recorded Mosley as he met five sex-workers
in a London apartment for a five-hour
sadomasochistic sex session that involved Nazi role-playing, News of the World,
a British tabloid had reported .
Video of the encounter on the newspaper's website was
watched more than 1.4 million times before it was removed a day after being
Mosley acknowledged visiting the prostitutes, but said the
encounter was private and denied there were Nazi overtones.
After the story broke in March, Mosley faced many calls to
quit as president of the FIA. Despite the pressure, he won a confidence vote
last month allowing him to continue at the helm until his fourth term ends in
Mosley has sued
the newspaper for invasion of privacy, claiming the newspaper acted like a
'peeping Tom' by secretly taping the encounter.
Unusually for a privacy case, his lawyers are demanding the
newspaper pay large punitive damages to discourage similar stories.
In the court
Mosley admitted to taking part in the sex session - but strongly denied claims
of a 'sick Nazi orgy' in which he said 'Sieg Heil' and played the role of a
concentration camp guard.
He said he could
think of 'few things so unerotic' as such sexual imagery.
He was responding
to questions from his own counsel, barrister James Price, QC.
'What it involves is the administration of some level of corporal punishment by
one person on another.
role-play because it addresses and provides a reason for the punishment which
is the central activity.
do go into a room and indulge in corporal punishment but it's much more - fun
is the wrong word - it's much better if it is accompanied by something that
seems to justify what is going on.
'As far as I
know, everybody who participates in it enjoys it. The people who are victims
want to be victims although some women never take the part of the victim and
are purely dominant, some do both and some are purely submissive.
individual's choice and it's the same for the men.'
Mosley said he
had never seen any brutality involved in his sex sessions but there certainly
was a lot of humour.
'Quite often what
tends to happen after one scene, everybody sits down and discusses it and
sometimes it is almost impossible not to laugh.'
In part of the
session caught on video by the News of the World, Mosley is involved in a
head-shaving role-play as part of a guard and prisoner scenario.
shaving, I was shaking with laughter and trying not to let the ladies realise I
was laughing but it was almost impossible not to do so,' he said.
Opening the two-week High Court hearing, Mosley's lawyer
James Price accused the newspaper of acting "as Peeping Tom, publishing
for the amusement of the millions."
"Every ordinary human being expects the privacy of
their sexual life to be respected and would be outraged if it was not,"
He told the court
that Mosley had been interested in 'bottom spanking, whipping, fantasies and
role-play scenarios since quite a young age'.
Price said the
sadomasochistic role play taped by the News Of The World included a naked
Mosley being spanked by one of the women with a whip and a woman being spanked
by him with a strap.
But the lawyer
insisted it was Mosley's right to indulge in what he liked in his private life
and expect it to be kept private.
British people, and News Of The World readers, were tolerant and broadminded as
long as sexual interests did not corrupt children nor harm or exploit the
He also maintained no Nazi fantasies were involved.
The Nazi allegations are especially sensitive because Mosley
is the son of the late Oswald Mosley, leader of Britain's fascist movement before
the Second World War and a friend of Adolf Hitler.
"This trial is not a forum to debate the evils or
otherwise of Sir Oswald Mosley," Price said. "The sins of the father
cannot justly be visited on Mr. Mosley."
his family links to fascism, Mosley said: 'All my life I have had hanging over
me my antecedents, my parents, and the last thing I want to do in some sexual
context is to be reminded of that.
'I have never
considered my parents as Nazis but obviously there is a link.'
in March this year shocked his wife and two sons, he said.
'For myself I'm a
fairly robust person. At least I can bring an action and do something. My
family can do nothing except suffer the consequences.'
Mark Warby, QC,
representing the newspaper, said the article was a legitimate and lawful story.
"This case raises fundamental issues about the rapidly
advancing law of privacy and the extent to which it allows powerful people to
suppress information and stifle free speech," Tom Crone, the paper's legal
manager, said Sunday.