FIA president Max Mosley is defying growing calls for his resignation following a sex scandal, saying he has done "nothing wrong.''
|Max Mosley has launched legal action [AFP] |
British tabloid The News of the World reported last Sunday that Mosley participated in sex acts with five prostitutes in a scenario it said involved Nazi role-playing.
"I was the victim of a disgusting conspiracy. It goes without saying that the so-called Nazi element is pure fabrication,'' Mosley wrote in a letter to German motoring federation ADAC.
"This will become crystal clear when the matter comes to trial. The newspaper invented this in order to spice up their story and introduce my family background.''
Mosley is the son of British Union of Fascists party founder Oswald Mosley, a former British politician who served in Parliament for both the Labour and Conservative parties. Oswald Mosley died in 1980.
Mosley launched his action against The News of the World on Friday.
"In short, I think I have done nothing wrong and that the wrong was done by the newspaper. That is why I am suing them,'' Mosley was quoted as saying in the letter.
"Many people do things in their bedrooms or have personal habits which others find repugnant. But as long as they keep them private, nobody objects.''
Mosley called for a special general assembly to be hosted in Paris at a date to be determined.
He will state his case to the 222 national motoring organisations from 130 countries there.
"I don't think any of this should affect my work on motoring safety, the environment or the sport. I believe that 21st century adults do not worry about private sexual matters as long as they are legal and harmless,'' the 67-year-old Mosley said.
"I shall put this view to the Assembly in due course.''
On Friday, ADAC asked Mosley to reconsider his position.
The Netherlands' motoring body KNAF said it would vote against Mosley at the special general assembly.
Car manufacturers Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have also questioned his ability to lead the governing body of world auto racing in wake of the affair.