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Clifford marriage ends 'amicably'

A judge today signalled the end of the four-year marriage of jailed public relations expert Max Clifford.

Clifford and wife Jo were granted a decree nisi by Judge Yvonne Gibson at a hearing lasting less than two minutes in the Central Family Court in London.

Neither was at the hearing - although each was represented by a lawyer.

Clifford, 71, was given an eight-year jail term earlier this month at Southwark Crown Court after being convicted of a string of indecent assaults on four women between 1977 and 1984.

Divorce papers showed that Mrs Clifford had filed for divorce on the grounds of "unreasonable behaviour".

She said Clifford's behaviour had affected her health and had written: "I suffered from stress and had heart palpitation and saw a specialist."

Mrs Clifford had signed the petition on August 14 2013.

And she noted the date of the "final incident" she relied on as August 18 2012 - nearly four months before Clifford was arrested on suspicion of committing sex offences.

Lawyer Raymond Tooth, who represented Mrs Clifford, said after the hearing: "Everything has been settled amicably."

Lawyer Lucy Sparks, who represented Clifford, said: "No comment."

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