Max Clifford trial: I have been living a nightmare, says publicist

Man who exposed paedophiles Gary Glitter and Jonathan King describes sex charge as ‘revolting’

Max Clifford told police he had helped expose the paedophiles Gary Glitter and Jonathan King and said he found it “revolting” when he was accused of abusing a teenage girl, a court has heard.

The publicist described his arrest as the worst day of his life, and said he and his family had been living a “nightmare”.

Following his second arrest last year as part of an investigation into historic sex offences,  he revealed how he had been approached by women wanting to profit from the scandal over Jimmy Savile but he said he refused to help cash in on photographs of themselves with the disgraced DJ, telling them: “It’s your word against his.”

Mr Clifford, 70, told officers he had no need to make up associations with famous people to trick women into having sex with him because he knew many celebrities through his work, including The Beatles.

The PR consultant admitted having sex in his office, telling detectives: “I had a very active sexual life for many, many years.”

The jury at Southwark Crown Court was told that the publicist gave police a statement he had written with the help of his solicitor. It said: “I am both shocked and amazed at the nature of these allegations. I wish to emphasise that I have never forced any female to indulge in any form of sexual behaviour with me against her will.”

Read more: James Bond actress 'kicked publicist between the legs when he lunged at her'
Max Clifford penis size evidence sees trial jury sent out for laughing

He was questioned over an anonymous letter written to him by one of his alleged victims detailing her claims of abuse which was discovered in his bedside drawer. 

The prosecution alleges that the PR consultant met the woman when she was still a teenager while on holiday with her parents in Torremolinos, Spain, in 1977. Mr Clifford, who denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls, admitted being at the resort but did not remember meeting the girl.

Mr Clifford said he was intending to show it to his wife. “I’ve received letters about controversial things, when I was involved in OJ Simpson and Guantanamo Bay. It’s the first one I’ve ever received accusing me of being a paedophile. It’s disgusting and totally without any foundation at all. I didn’t abuse this girl,” he said.

Earlier, the court heard from another woman who claimed Mr Clifford exposed himself to her when she was a 16-year-old aspiring model, promising her a role in a film alongside Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer.

The woman, who is now 42, had been in care, and said she felt humiliated after being asked to masturbate him during a visit to his Bond Street offices in 1988, the court heard

Giving evidence via video-link, she said she was introduced to the former boxer and actor Gary Stretch by Mr Clifford and went on to have dinner with Mr Stretch, Gary Lineker and his then-wife Michelle.

Under questioning by prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC, the woman said Mr Clifford invited her to a restaurant in Raynes Park, south west London, where he was a regular and where they sat with a large group of people including girls of around her age. She said that the publicist asked her to go to the toilet with one man, but she refused.

Jurors heard that in the statement she gave to police, the woman described Clifford as “not well endowed”. This echoes the description given to the court by other witnesses.

Wearing a grey blazer, white shirt and grey trousers, Clifford listened from the dock with the aid of a hearing loop.

The trial continues.

Read more: Alleged victim denies she mistook Clifford for American singer Tom Waits
14 year-old-girl 'told friend Clifford's a pervert'
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
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

Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application Developer

£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Service Engineers - Doncaster / Hull

£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...

Recruitment Genius: Employability / Recruitment Adviser

£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...

Day In a Page

Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...