Max Mosley Apologizes, Isn't Going Anywhere

Up until now, FIA president Max Mosley has been quiet about the Nazi-style orgy matter, even as Bahrain said they didn't want him. There's a long statement but the gist of it is that he's sorry that this whole thing was made public, that there was no Nazi connotation to any of it (really?) and that he's going to go after those who attacked him. We guess his point is that dressing up like SS officers and screaming in German during sex should not be perceived as anything related to Nazism. The statement below the jump:

Statement to FIA from Max Mosley

From information provided to me by an impeccable high-level source close to the UK police and security services, I understand that over the last two weeks or so, a covert investigation of my private life and background has been undertaken by a group specializing in such things, for reasons and clients as yet unknown. I have had similar but less well-sourced information from France.

Regrettably, you are now familiar with the results of this covert investigation and I am very sorry if this has embarrassed you or the club. Not content with publicizing highly personal and private activities, which are, to say the least, embarrassing, a British tabloid newspaper published the story with the claim that there was some sort of Nazi connotation to the matter. This is entirely false.

It is against the law in most countries to publish details of a person's private life without good reason. The publications by The News of the World are a wholly unwarranted invasion of my privacy and I intend to issue legal proceedings against the newspaper in the UK and other jurisdictions.

I have received a very large number of messages of sympathy and support from those within the FIA and the motor sport and motoring communities generally, suggesting that my private life is not relevant to my work and that I should continue in my role," he continued, answering to the calls for his resignation coming from various sources, including Holocaust-awareness organizations. "I am grateful and with your support I intend to follow this advice. I shall now devote some time to those responsible for putting this into the public domain but above all I need to repair the damage to my immediate family who are the innocent and unsuspecting victims of this deliberate and calculated personal attack.

You can, however be certain that I will not allow any of this to impede my commitment to the work of the FIA.

Don't you see? He's the victim, which is apparently the way he likes it. (h/t Vintage Racer)

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