Who? British businessman; president of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the ruling body for international Formula One racing; son of British Fascist leader Oswald Mosley.
Real? Yes, the tape is real, though only a short excerpt circulated.
Max Mosley has always been a controversial figure in the UK. His father, Oswald Mosley, was head of the pre-WW2 British Union of Fascists and the post-war Union Movement. Max Mosley was active in UM politics as a young man before devoting his energies to auto racing, first as a driver and later in management.
In March 2008, the British tabloid News of the World (owned by Rupert Murdoch) published an exposé about Max Mosley’s private life under the headling “F1 Boss Has Sick Nazi Orgy With 5 Hookers”. The newspaper released a 95-second montage of video clips showing Max Mosley engaged in S&M roleplaying with five women at a London flat/dungeon.
According to the NotW article, Mosley and the women dressed up as Nazi guards and concentration camp prisoners for the five-hour roleplaying session. Max Mosley and the women spoke German at times. He switched from dominant to submissive during the session. At one point, the whipping of Mosley had to be halted while bandages were applied to stop his bleeding.
Max Mosley sued News of the World for invasion of privacy. He also insisted that the Nazi overtones of the S&M play were a libelous fabrication by the Murdoch tabloid.
In June 2008, Mosley won a legal judgment against News of the World. The judge wrote in part, “I see no genuine basis at all for the suggestion that the participants mocked the victims of the Holocaust.” The judge stated that the “bondage, beating and domination” on the hidden camera sex tapes were “typical of S&M behaviour”, and that Mosley could reasonably expect privacy for his “sexual activities (albeit unconventional)”. Despite public curiosity about a famous person, “there was no public interest or other justification for the clandestine recording, for the publication of the resulting information and still photographs, or for the placing of the video extracts on the News of the World website – all of this on a massive scale.”
Max Mosley also successfully fought to keep his position as president of FIA through the end of his term in 2009.