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Newspaper to pay up pounds 60,000; Mosely wins privacy case over orgy.

Byline: By JOHN ASTON

FORMULA One boss Max Mosley won a record pounds 60,000 in privacy damages against the News of theWorld yesterday for the "probably unprecedented" distress and indignity he suffered over the News of the World's "sick Nazi orgy" story.

The newspaper also faces a total costs bill of about pounds 850,000 following a judgment which its editor claimed was further evidence investigative journalismwas being "strangled by stealth".

It had accused the 68-year-old son of the 1930s' Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley of "truly grotesque and depraved" behaviour with five prostitutes during two sadomasochistic sex sessions.

Mr Mosley, president of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), said the roleplay at a rented Chelsea basement was harmless, consensual and private, with no Nazi overtones.

Mr Justice Eady, who had awarded the previous highest damages for infringement of privacy - pounds 5,000 to singer Loreena McKennitt - refused to order punitive exemplary damages against News Group Newspapers, which would have been a first for a privacy case.

He said: "It has to be recognised that no amount of damages can fully compensate the claimant for the damage done. He is hardly exaggerating when he says that his life was ruined."

He added: "The scale of the distress and indignity in this case is difficult to comprehend. It is probably unprecedented."

Mr Mosley's QC, James Price, said the size of the award represented a move to "a new level" in privacy cases andwould deter newspapers thinking of carrying similar stories.

Mr Mosley had told London's High Court that his life and that of Jean, his wife of 48 years - who was unaware of his sexual tastes - and two adult sons, was devastated by the expose in March and by the newspaper putting secretly-filmed footage on its website, which attracted at least 3.5 million hits.

The newspaper's editor, Colin Myler, said he believed the story was one of "legitimate public interest and one that I believe was legitimately published" and that it was "absolutely not true" that the newspaper had fabricated the Nazi aspect.

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Date:Jul 25, 2008
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