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Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images

Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is planning to sue internet giant Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party.

Max Mosley is to sue Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Mosley, the youngest son of former fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, is seeking to stop Google from gathering and publishing the pictures that first featured in the now-defunct News of the World.

The 74-year-old won £60,000 in privacy damages from the newspaper in 2008 after the High Court ruled the party was not Nazi themed and the article was not in the public interest.

He has now issued High Court proceedings against Google Inc and Google UK Limited for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act, through his lawyers Payne Hicks Beach.

Announcing the action he said: "Google should operate within the law rather than according to rules it makes itself. It cannot be allowed to ignore judgments in our courts."

His lawyers Payne Hicks Beach added that the proceedings follow "extensive attempts to persuade Google to resolve the matter outside the courts".

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A French court has ordered Google to remove links to nine images of ex-Formula One chief Max Mosley engaging in sexual acts with prostitutes.

Google opposed Mr Mosley's request - arguing that it would set a dangerous legal precedent of censorship on the internet and that they should not be responsible for policing content.

Max Mosley requested Google removed the images. Credit: PA

The dispute relates to photographs taken from a video, which was filmed by the now defunct News of the World newspaper, of the former F1 boss during a sadomasochistic orgy.

Although Google can delete images on its website, it cannot prevent others reposting them, resulting in a constant game of catch-up.

The 72-year-old successfully sued the News of the World in 2008 for £60,000 after the tabloid claimed he had organised a "sick Nazi orgy".

Mr Mosley admitted he engaged in the orgy but said the Nazi allegation was "completely untrue."

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Max Mosley

The former Formula One chief Max Mosley has said that the recommendations set out in the Leveson report "would make the situation much better than it is now".

He added that it would be "astonishing" if MPs chose not to implement the recommendations since "no responsible politician could allow the current situation to continue".

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