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Max Clifford ex-wife Jo Westwood reveals her shock at sex convictions

By Olivia Rudgard

Max Clifford's ex-wife Jo Westwood has spoken of her "shock" after the media tycoon was found guilty of a series of indecent assaults on women and teenage girls.

She said she did not attend his trial because her former husband had showed her "no respect at all."

"I had thought about it, seriously, about going, because I knew it would be better for him if I was there," she told ITV's This Morning programme.

"I just thought he's just showing me no respect at all, and in the end I just thought I can see what you're gaining from this, but actually I'm not gaining anything, other than trying to be a kind person and standing by you.

"I was in a terrible state. I wasn't eating, I wasn't sleeping. It was a horrid time. My mind was all over the place.

"One day I would think he's going to walk away, he's going to get off with this, another time I was thinking the evidence is so strong he can't possibly. So I was very mixed up."

Clifford (71) was found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault in April this year and was jailed for eight years.

She said: "It was a long time, I didn't know what he was going to get but it was a shock.

"But I expected him to call me because I think he knew I would be left in this media circus but he didn't, he didn't, and that was hard."

The pair were granted a divorce the following month after four years of marriage. She also said Clifford was "proud" of a bin bag full of photos of women he kept.

"Some of them had faces but a lot of them didn't... and they were sexual. And when I said to him how did you get all these, he would say I just used to able to get women to do whatever I wanted."

Westwood said she was a "private person" and that she wanted to "right some of the wrongs" that had been said about her.

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