Max Mosley dead: Former Formula 1 boss and anti-press campaigner dies aged 81

MILLIONAIRE and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley has died aged 81.

Mosley, whose father Oswald led the British fascist movement, was famously filmed at a sadomasochistic orgy with prostitutes.

He then dedicated his life waging war against the press after the News of the World revealed in 2008 he took part in a sex party.

A five-hour recording of the orgy showed the tycoon surrounded by prostitutes in military gear performing sadistic acts.

But a judge ruled in favour of Mosley there was no Nazi element to the orgy, as the newspaper had claimed, and that the story was not in the public interest.

He decided that although the young women “victims” wore striped pyjamas they were not necessarily Nazi-related clothes.

This led Mosley to pump millions of pounds into anti-press campaigns as part of his crusade against newspapers.

He also bankrolled a new press regulator, Impress, and also launched a bid to stop the press ever speaking about his orgy.

Mosley was also president of Formula One and other international motorsports in his role at the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

Bernie Ecclestone, who was also head of F1, today led tributes to Mosley.

He said: "It’s like losing family, like losing a brother, Max and I. He did, a lot of good things not just for motorsport, also the (car) industry he was very good in making sure people built cars that were safe."

Mosley was also a barrister and amateur racing driver but he struggled to shake off his father's reputation and links to fascism.

Sir Oswald Mosley achieved notoriety in the 1930s as the leader of the British Union of Fascists with Adolf Hitler in attendance at his wedding to Lady Mitford.

He has always denied being involved in violence on behalf of his dad's party and claims he broke from them in 1963.

But Mosley was pictured at rallies alongside his father and was arrested in 1962 as neo-facists marched through the Jewish quarter in Hackney, East London, chanting “Jews Out”..

He was charged with threatening behaviour, but acquitted at magistrates’ court the next day when he argued he was defending his father.





 

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