Mosley, president of Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the sanctioning body for Formula One and other international racing circuits, is taking a flogging in the press for participating in a sadomasochistic orgy, with alleged Nazi overtones, in what the tabloids are calling a London sex "dungeon."
News of the World, a British scandal sheet, broke the story and posted a video online showing the sex session involving Mosley, 67, and five prostitutes. Tonier publications such as the Sunday Times of London and the New York Times soon added reportorial firepower to the fray.
The Times of London, for example, turned up the hidden-camera tidbit. And the New York Times noted that the video showed Mosley counting, in vigorous German, the number of lashings he was administering to one of the women with a leather strap. "She needs more of ze punishment!" he says in German-accented English. A naked Mosley was bound face-down and lashed more than 20 times by a dominatrix, the newspaper said.
Mosley — whose father was a 1930s British fascist leader whose wedding was held in the Berlin home of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and attended by Adolf Hitler — admits participating in the session but denies the Nazi motif. (A Mosley associate, trying to be helpful, said: "The scenario was more Alcatraz than Auschwitz.")
Critics want Mosley to resign, but he says his afternoon play date was a private matter, "harmless and completely legal."