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Clifford pinned woman to office wall in assault bid, court is told

By Tim Moynihan

PR guru Max Clifford pinned a 19-year-old woman against a wall and pushed his tongue into her mouth, a court has heard.

He put his hand on her waist, going up towards her breast, in the incident just outside his office, she said.

The woman, who managed to wriggle free, saw him on a later occasion apparently being involved in a sex act with his secretary, Southwark Crown Court heard yesterday. The woman is one of seven alleged victims of indecent assault by Clifford (70).

She told the court she worked for an American in an office near Clifford's in 1975. She used to show people to Clifford's office when they had meetings with him, and put calls through to him. One evening at about 5pm she went to collect any post from Clifford's office before going home.

She said: "As I was walking down the corridor he came out of his office, walked a couple of steps, and then suddenly veered towards me quite quickly, pushed me up against the wall and sort of pinned me there with his body. He pushed his tongue into my mouth and tried to French kiss me."

She was stunned for a few seconds, she added. "He had one hand on the wall and the other started moving up my side and started to touch me. I made an effort to wriggle and turn and I went under his arm, and I walked off and back to my office."

After that when at work she felt uncomfortable, the court heard, but she was buying a house and did not want to cause any trouble. Not very long afterwards she walked to his office again and pushed open the door, which was slightly ajar.

The woman said she saw his secretary and Clifford involved in a sexual liaison.

"I was quite shocked, backed away very quickly, and went back to my desk," she told the court.

Clifford, from Hersham in Surrey, is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. He denies all the charges.

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