Max Mosley, big boss of Grand Prix motor racing, is hit with calls to resign because of an internet video that appeared to show him participating in an S&M orgy with five presumed prostitutes, in a London dungeon:
[Image removed following 2015 legal threat from Max Mosley's lawyers]
The tabloid newspaper that broke the story of Mr. Mosley's Chelsea session, The News of the World, described it as "a depraved Nazi sadomasochistic orgy," and said Mr. Mosley had paid the equivalent of $5,000 in cash for the five-hour session.
In a video the paper posted on the Internet but later removed, two of the women wore black-and-white striped robes in the style of prisoners' uniforms. The video showed Mr. Mosley counting in German – "Eins! Zwei! Drei! Vier! Funf!" – as he used a leather strap to lash one of the women.
"She needs more of ze punishment!" he cried in German-accented English. One woman appeared to search his hair for lice while another called off items on an inspection list. Mr. Mosley, naked, was bound face-down and lashed more than 20 times.