Clark denies exposing himself to Harkess girls

ALAN CLARK, the former defence minister, yesterday denied allegations that he had indecently exposed himself to Josephine Harkess and her sister Alison when they were 13 and 15.

The claim was made by Josephine, now 34, after she, her mother Valerie, 57, and her stepfather James, 64, a former deputy circuit judge, claimed Mr Clark had bedded all three Harkess women.

But Mr Clark said he saw no point in suing over the allegations of sexual impropriety made by the Harkesses since they flew into Britain on Monday to begin a series of television and newspaper interviews organised by their publicist, Max Clifford.

Commenting on the allegations of indecent exposure Mr Clark said: 'Of course I deny them, I have to deny them. It's virtually criminal. They are strong allegations and I think it's contemptible that they should follow Max Clifford's advice on that. I don't want to comment on that, I hate it. I'm not planning at this stage to take any legal action over these comments, I don't want to stoke this thing up. But presumably even Clifford's imagination is going to run out of ideas - he hasn't moved into electric flexes and rubber yet, has he?'

Mr Clark also denied claims that he had set up a pounds 100,000 offshore account for Mrs Harkess to hush up the affair. Josephine has said that Mr Clark often exposed his penis to her when she was in her early teens. She also accused him of seducing her when she was 23, at a time when she was suffering from a severe drink and drugs problem that made her particularly vulnerable.

Mr Clark, a self-confessed philanderer, has said he is sorry for the pain the scandal has caused and admitted he should be 'horsewhipped' for bedding the three women.

Mrs Harkess has admitted she was so 'addicted' to Mr Clark that she continued their 14-year affair even after learning that he had slept with her daughters.

Mr Clark has said the family's attack is motivated by money. But the Harkesses, who stand to make pounds 150,000 from television and newspaper interviews, claim they are in Britain to 'put the record straight' following reference to them in Mr Clark's best-selling diaries, in which he refers to the three women as 'the coven'.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher

£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: On behalf of a successful academy i...

Investigo: Finance Business Partner

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Investigo: My client, a global leader in providing ...

Austen Lloyd: Commercial Property Solicitor - West London

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: WEST LONDON - An excellent new opportunity wit...

Recruitment Genius: Florist Shop Manager

£8 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A Florist Shop Manager is required to m...

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project