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FIA's Mosley launches libel claim- 29 May 2008 07:40:00

Scandal-hit FIA president Max Mosley has launched his libel claim against a UK newspaper over claims he took part in a Nazi-themed orgy with prostitutes.

Mosley has launched the lawsuit against the News of the World, which published a video of the alleged encounter, in France alleging defamation and invasion of privacy against the paper, its editor-in-chief and other staff.
 
He accepts he visited the prostitutes but denies there were Nazi overtones.

The FIA president, 67, is also suing News Group Newspapers, which owns the paper, in the UK for breach of privacy.

The News of the World has said it will vigorously defend the claims against it in the British courts with a five-day trial is expected to take place in July.

The newspaper successfully blocked a High Court bid by Mosley to prevent publication of the video last month.

Mosley has apologised to the FIA - the governing body for Formula 1 racing - for any embarrassment caused by his actions and has faced repeated calls for his resignation.

He faces a confidence vote of the FIA Council in Paris next week and has indicated he will not seek another stint as FIA chief following the expiration next year of his current term of office even if he wins the vote.

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