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Max Clifford Charged in Ongoing Sex Abuse Scandal

April 26, 2013

Britain's most famous publicist, Max Clifford, who has worked for some of the country's top celebrities, was Friday arrested on 11 counts of indecent assault.

Police launched an investigation into Clifford last year after hundreds of people came forward following the death of Jimmy Savile, accusing Savile - a BBC television presenter and DJ - of paedophilia and sexual abuse.

The investigation has also led to the arrest of several celebrities, including artist and television presenter Rolf Harris. Both Harris' arrest and the charges against 70-year-old Clifford are unrelated to the allegations made against Savile.

"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants," said prosecution spokeswoman Alison Saunders.

The charges relate to alleged offences which took place between 1966 and 1985 and involved girls aged between 14 and 19.

Clifford said the allegations were "completely false."

"I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings," he said.

Clifford is notorious for negotiating deals for people who want to sell kiss-and-tell stories to the tabloids and has also represented stars from Simon Cowell to Muhammed Ali and Frank Sinatra.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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