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In quotes: Mosley trial

Motorsport boss Max Mosley has won his legal action against the News of the World over claims he indulged in a "Nazi-style" sado-masochistic orgy. He did not deny the events took place but said they were private and disputed the newspaper's interpretation of what went on.

Regarded as one of the most colourful trials of recent times, it produced many interesting quotes.


"I fundamentally disagree with the suggestion that any of this is depraved, fundamentally disagree with the fact that it is immoral."

Max Mosley

Max Mosley
Mr Mosley is president of the FIA, the governing body for Formula 1 racing

"I would rather be doing CP [corporal punishment] a long way over going to the dentist."

Witness D - session participant

"When I am being dealt with, just as when I deal with others, there is no maliciousness or anger involved - it is just fun, exciting, an endorphin rush."

Witness A - session participant

"I think it is a perfectly harmless activity provided it is between consenting adults who want to do it, are of sound mind, and it is in private."

Max Mosley

"We said 'That's really sexy and horny and wouldn't it be great if we did a scenario like that', and then it went from there."

Witness A on the session's theme

"There was a general attempt... to present it as some kind of worthy activity attended by the most strict health and safety precautions as though it was all being carried out under the guidance of the Bondage and Sadomasochism Regulatory Authority."

Mark Warby QC, for the News of the World


"I can think of few things more unerotic than Nazi role-play."

Max Mosley

"It certainly wasn't Hansel and Gretel. I would say the whole video is unmistakably Nazi."

News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck

"All my life, I have had hanging over me my antecedents, my parents, and the last thing I want to do in some sexual context is be reminded of it."

Max Mosley - son of 1930s Fascist leader Oswald Mosley

"If if it had been about Bernie Ecclestone, it would not have been a "sick Nazi orgy".

Max Mosley's barrister James Price QC

"Had I wanted a Nazi scene, I would have said I wanted one and A would have got some of the inexpensive Nazi stuff from the joke shop that provides uniforms and would not have gone to Marks and Spencer and got quite expensive jackets."

Max Mosley


"I didn't work for nearly two months after all the exposure. The last thing in the world you want to do is to bend over when your head is completely messed up about this.

"When this came out people recognised me from my stance, the way I stand when I'm beating."

Witness A


Colin Myler
Colin Myler has been editing the News of the World for a year.

"The standard of proof, in my experience at the News of the World, for getting a story into the paper is very, very high indeed."

Chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck

"It was of legitimate public interest and one that I believe was legitimately published."

News of the World editor Colin Myler on the story

"He is not a reporter on whom a responsible editor could place any reliance on any matter of importance, and that must have been clear to those in charge of that newspaper."

James Price QC on Neville Thurlbeck

"This is not a newspaper that is looking to find out the truth, that is irrelevant. What it is doing is looking to publish the story.

"The defendant's motivation was to publish a scandalous expose. End of story. Nothing else."

James Price QC on the paper


"Invasion of privacy can never be repaired and the claimant has to live with it for the rest of his life.

"This should not happen again and newspapers need to be taught that disregard of the rights of others does not pay."

James Price QC

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