"Speedophiles ruined a perfectly good business," enquiry hears.
Swimmers' apparel brand Speedos received an unexpected endorsement from a former specialist celebrity photographer at the Leveson inquiry into press standards, yesterday.
John Fuller, who now runs a burger bar in Ramsgate explained his expertise: “What I did is swim very close to these people without their knowing, usually underwater. It’s amazing what slips out of these people’s bathers, especially the designer labels, and new underwater camera technology means I could capture those bits with amazing clarity. So I photographed as much of them as their swimming costumes reveal. And sometimes that’s quite a lot. ”
Mr Fuller continued: “I did notice, though that one brand of affordable swimwear caused me problems. Speedos. Not surprising really, because they are made for the sporting as well as the leisure market. They tend to keep everything in good order, you might say. So if I saw a star on the beach wearing Speedos and about to have a dip, I knew I wasn't going to get a picture of an errant celebrity nipple or testicle, and I don’t bother climbing into the old dolphin disguise.
In fact “Speedophiles” as we call them in the business are a nuisance, to be honest with you. They deserve everything they get. Time was I could get celebrity genitals pretty easily, sometimes close up. But now these filthy Speedophile bastards are sharing their secret on the internet. We've seen the emails. Typical. And don’t tell me it’s an invasion of privacy – lets face it these people survive on publicity, and the public have a right to see any bits of them that slip out of their trunks in public.”
Mr Fuller explained to the enquiry that he decided to quit the business and go into the fast food trade. "The bottom fell out if it, you might say. Or rather the bottom stopped falling out of it. As it were. But I still joke to the old crowd that whenever I sell a sausage I think not that much has changed for me."