Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Clifford: Charges are 'nonsense'

Crown Prosecution Service said Max Clifford faces charges linked to girls aged between 14 and 19 between 1966 and 1985

PR guru Max Clifford repeated vows to clear his name after he was charged with 11 historic counts of indecent assault against teenage girls.

The 70-year-old, famed for representing celebrities including Simon Cowell and Jade Goody, said he had received "tremendous support" from his clients as he labelled the allegations against him as "a load of nonsense".

Clifford has been charged with offences linked to girls aged from 14 to 19 between 1966 and 1985 and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 28, Scotland Yard said.

Speaking outside his Surrey home, Mr Clifford told reporters he would be "absolutely fine" once the truth emerged.

"I just find it hard to kind of accept, I suppose, that women 30, 40 years later, can make complaints like this and remain anonymous," he told Sky News.

"Obviously it's been horrible for my wife Jo, my daughter Louise, people close to me."

He added: "I think people know me for the person I am. They know there's no way I have ever assaulted anyone in my life."

Mr Clifford said his friends, family and clients had offered "tremendous support", adding that he would continue to work as normal.

He was arrested in December as part of Operation Yewtree, the national police inquiry sparked by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Max Clifford, who was initially arrested on December 6 2012 over allegations of sexual offences. Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants."

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