28 July 2008
Max Mosley to sue over alleged libel
Following his recent court win against the News of the World over claims of invasion of privacy, Max Mosley is set to begin a libel case against the publication.
The 68-year-old president of non-profit organisation the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile won £60,000 after it was ruled that the newspaper's story, which suggested he had engaged in a sexual encounter with five dominatrixes that had "Nazi connotations", was unlawful.
He has now issued a writ for defamation against the News of the World.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph he said: "I am the victim of an unlawful act by someone else in the same way as I would be if I was mugged. The [News of the World] stole my image and my dignity."
According to a report in the Financial Times, a successful libel action could result in a payout significantly higher than the amount he received after it was ruled the publication had invaded his privacy.