March 31, 2008 — -- Forget Eliot Spitzer's dalliances with expensive prostitutes and Jim McGreevey's threesomes.
Those former governors don't know exotic or kinky when compared to the alleged hijinks of the British head of Formula One racing.
Racing fans around the world were stunned this morning to read about the bizarre sex video reportedly featuring Max Mosley, the head of the Formula One's governing body.
Mosley, whose father, Sir Oswald Mosley, was the founder of the British Union of Fascists and a friend of Adolf Hitler, was apparently caught on video with five women in an underground torture chamber engaging in Nazi-inspired sadomasochistic sex, according to British news reports.
In a video obtained by the News of the World, the 67-year-old debonair lawyer is reported to have paid about $5,000 to play both guard and inmate in a concentration camp scene.
When he enters, the man reported to be Mosley is greeted by a busty blond woman dressed as a prison guard who inspects his head for lice, strips off his clothes, bends him over and whips his bottom, while saying, "He's serving a life sentence now for crimes he committed before."
The man then dresses and speaks German with a woman in a Nazi uniform, helping her beat women dressed as prisoners. Later, he has sex with several of the women.
Of course, this being Britain, he shares a cup of tea with the women after the sex.
Several race drivers and Jewish leaders called for Mosley to resign as president of Federation International de l'Automobile.
"I don't see how he can continue," former Formula One racing champion Stirling Moss told The Times of London. "I suppose what goes on behind closed doors is his business, but when a thing comes out like this … it's an absolute shocker."
Stephen Smith, director of the Holocaust Centre, told The Times of London, "This is an insult to millions of victims, survivors and their families. He should apologize. He should resign from the sport."
The World Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League declined comment.
The racing association, however, is not ready to take any such action.
"This is a private problem between Mosley and the News of the World," an FIA spokeswoman at the association's Paris headquarters told ABCNEWS.com, adding that there is no internal inquiry into Mosley's alleged behavior. "We are not concerned with it."
The spokeswoman declined to make Mosley available for comment.
Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone doesn't seem too concerned, either.
"Assuming it's all true, what people do privately is up to them," he told the Times of London. "I don't honestly believe [it] affects the sport in any way. Knowing Max, it might be all a bit of a joke."
Mosley is reportedly pursuing legal action against the News of the World for breach of privacy.
While the Nazi concept is not unusual in sadomasochistic circles, playing both sides in such a kinky ritual is unusual, say sex experts.
"In most cases, they play one role or the other," said Judy Kuriansky, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Teacher's College and member of the American Association of Sex Educators. "It's not as usual to play both roles. These are complicated psychodynamics."
Such practices have less to do with sex and more with power, she explains.
"Beating women and being beaten, it's not about the sex but about the power dynamics," Kuriansky said. "For people who are into S&M, the Nazi angle is one of the most typical out-there extreme examples. After all, they're always wearing leather and boots and latex clothing. It's in line with the concept of domination and submission."