FIA president Max Mosley has won his privacy case against British newspaper the News Of The World. The verdict came earlier today after Mosley took the paper to court following the publication of photos and a video extracts of Mosley involved in an orgy at a London apartment back in March. After a key witness failed to testify and evidence of Nazi overtones not found, Mosley has been awarded £60,000 and the newspaper will have to pay the costs, expected to around £1m.
The News Of The World had published photographs and a video extract on it’s website on the day of publication, and the story took up a lot of space within the printed paper. In the text, the paper claimed Mosley had introduced Nazi overtones to the orgy through role-playing, and Mosley decided to fight his case on grounds of privacy invasion, saying the episode had destroyed his life.
Since that spring-Sunday, Mosley has been forced to fight for his position as president of the FIA, deal with the general backlash from Formula One employees, fans and general opinion from the public, as well as deal with his relationships with other authoriative sporting people and of course, his own family. However, Mosley was always adament that despite his family’s history, there were no Nazi overtones to his actions.
I found that there was no evidence that the gathering on March 28 2008 was intended to be an enactment of Nazi behaviour or adoption of any of its attitudes. Nor was it in fact. I see no genuine basis at all for the suggestion that the participants mocked the victims of the Holocaust.
Of course, I accept that such [S&M] behaviour is viewed by some people with distaste and moral disapproval, but in the light of modern rights-based jurisprudence that does not provide any justification for the intrusion on the personal privacy of the claimant. Mr. Justice Eady, presiding judge.
Mosley has won £60,000, which he promised to the FIA a while ago, and the News Of The World will have to pay costs, believed to be around £1m.
Of course, this now pretty much puts an end to the saga that has dragged on for a few months now, and while Mosley has been embarrassed and caused embarrassment, he can now go about re-focusing his efforts on his job. Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is not entirely relevant to this article, but suffice to say that Mosley will remain president until the end of term, unless something else happens in the mean-time.