Max Mosley’s “unfortunate interest”
FIA motorsport head Max Mosley is suing the News of the World in the wake of its revelations that he held sado-masochistic spanking sessions with prostitutes.
He is not alleging libel but breach of privacy, saying that although he had practised what he called his “unfortunate interest” for some 45 years, it was his business and his alone and had no bearing on his professional position.
He is asking for exemplary damages — which are meant not to compensate the claimant but to punish the offender.
One of the planks of the News of the World’s defence is that his high-profile job meant he had a responsibility to behave himself and that exposing him was in the public interest.
The Independent says the case is the “frontline in a legal battle for freedom of expression.”
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