F1 » 8 February 2011
Mosley takes privacy fight forward
Max Mosley talks about his fight for the right to proivacy, while admitting he has long had a fascination for 'physical punishment'.
Former FIA president Max Mosley is continuing his fight for the right to privacy, despite admitting that he has a long-held fascination for sado-masochistic sexual practices.
The 70-year old Briton faced a challenge to his position at the head of international motorsport when the News of the World published a front page article and pictures showing Mosley with five prostitutes. It later emerged that one of the women involved had sold details of the meeting to the newspaper, but the whole incident has persuaded Mosley to embark on a crusade to prevent the same sort of exposure being inflicted on other unwitting individuals.
In an interview with Britain's FT Weekend magazine, Mosley reveals that he now spends a lot of time putting his name into Google to see what else has been written about him and then discussing the matter with his lawyers, the very people who warned him that, whether he won or lost a legal challenge against the newspaper, it would result in hefty fees, and admitted that success would probably only lead to greater exposure of the very matter he was trying to keep under wraps.
“To sue, you have to be eccentric to the point of being pretty mad,” he concedes, before explaining the driving force compelling him to pursue the introduction of what has quickly become dubbed 'Mosley's Law'.
“The average media person is so horrified at the thought of any kind of regulation, that they cease to think rationally about it,” he notes, “When the tabloids get a story that's absolutely outrageous, a total violation of someone's privacy, they keep it completely secret, and then publish it knowing that once it's out, the victim won't sue.
“Destroying people's lives for the sake of selling a few newspapers is utterly, completely wrong. I always thought someone ought to stop it. And then suddenly I found myself in the situation where this story had been written about me. I was about to retire, I've got the resources and I've the time. If anyone's going to do it, it should be me.”
The first battle was won, after he took the News of the World to court in the UK, and now the fight is being taken wider, to 21 other countries, in an effort to clean the internet of those initial images, and to the European Court of Human Rights in an effort to prevent it happening to anyone else.
While simultaneously admitting and defending the 'wrongs' of the encounter that landed him in such bother, Mosley revealed that his interest in beating as a sexual activity began at a very young age.
"I think it's like being homosexual, it's a quirk in your character," he reasoned, "As soon as I even knew, or half knew, what sex was, I saw being beaten as a sexual activity. People have to be adult and simply say, well it's sex and sex is very strange. Even ordinary sex is either very funny or disgusting, or both. That's how it is, we're animals in the end."
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