Max Clifford denies assault charges

2013-05-28 13:28
London - Britain's best-known publicist, Max Clifford, pleaded not guilty in a London court on Tuesday to 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls dating back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Clifford is a household name in Britain whose celebrity clients have included TV music mogul Simon Cowell and US boxer Muhammad Ali.

The 70-year-old was arrested in December and charged last month. Tuesday's hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court was his first court appearance.

Wearing a blue jacket, white shirt and grey trousers, the white-haired Clifford spoke only to confirm his name and address and to enter his pleas of not guilty.

'This is a nightmare'


The 11 counts relate to seven different alleged victims who were aged between 15 and 19 at the time of the offences, which are alleged to have taken place between 1966 and 1985.

Clifford told reporters after the hearing that the allegations against him were untrue and since his arrest he had been "in the dark" as to the identity of the women making accusations against him.

"This is a nightmare for myself and my family and it has been since December," he said just outside the courtroom.

"What I've got to do now is prove that these allegations are totally without foundation as I know them to be."

Judge Howard Riddle granted Clifford conditional bail and sent his case for trial at a higher court, Southwark Crown Court, where his first appearance is scheduled for 12 June.

Comments

  • jeremy thorpe - 2013-05-28 13:43

    What I don't understand is how a sexual molestation or rape case can be proved one way or the other after so many years. Unless the "victim" has an actual photo of her attacker - or some memento that can be linked to him, surely it's just one person's word against another's? After all, it doesn't seem likely that there'll be any semen stains or any other DNA traces lying around after 30+ years!

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-05-28 15:08

      Jeremy I'm not a lawyer but I think this is how it works? If the matter ends in a he-said she-said situation, it would (should?)then move to a second stage (or level, if you may) which could then be based on the credibility of the witnesses. Now if you have one person making the claim it may be difficult to pin anything on him but if it emerges that there is a pattern as evidenced by a disparate number of people making the same claim against the same individual and if it is possible to show a pattern of behaviour by the accused, then that may be enough for the judge to consider rather than throw out the case. What intrigues me though about the case is this: Isn't Max Clifford the guy who was retained by the Indian-British guy (sorry I forget his name now) who was accused of bringing his wife to SA and getting her bumped off in Cape Town? Strange coincidence, I must say!

  • rory - 2013-05-28 14:05

    Is this not Dewani's spokesman?

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-05-28 15:09

      Ahhh, that's the man, Dewani!

  • GB Garratt - 2013-05-28 15:00

    This could not happen to a bigger scumbag.

  • Valerie Boolsen - 2013-05-28 16:10

    why do these victims wait so long?????

  • Sue Maguire - 2013-05-28 18:30

    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and talks like a duck ...... its a duck

      Jean Jordaan - 2013-05-29 07:58

      Like you said, it looks like Michael Jackson, walks like Michael Jackson and talks like Michael Jackson...its a pedophile.

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