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German Prosecutors Reveal F1's Bernie Ecclestone Was Blackmailed On Eve Of Trial

04 / 24 / 14

German prosecutors "have made the startling revelation" that they believe F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "was blackmailed by former banker Gerhard Gribkowsky," according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. The revelation is surprising "because it reflects Mr Ecclestone’s defence to charges issued by the s...

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