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Ex-royal butler Paul Burrell wins privacy case damages from Max Clifford

Former royal butler Paul Burrell has won a High Court privacy action against disgraced PR guru Max Clifford.

A judge in London announced on Friday that his claim had succeeded - and awarded him £5,000 damages.

Clifford, who is serving an eight-year jail sentence for sex offences, had branded Mr Burrell's £50,000 action for breach of confidence and misuse of private information an ''affront to common sense''.

Mr Burrell said he hired Clifford to limit bad press coverage about him but, rather than stopping stories, he "betrayed" him by passing on material in a fax to Rebekah Brooks at the now-defunct News of the World.

In a statement after the ruling, Mr Burrell, who was not in court, said: "I am extremely pleased with the outcome and am delighted to have been vindicated by the High Court."

Lia Perin, of Taylor Hampton Solicitors, who acted for Mr Burrell, said: "This was a serious betrayal of confidence by Max Clifford.

"Paul Burrell had sought Mr Clifford's assistance and reposed his trust in him at a time when he was at his most vulnerable."

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