Live updates

Max Clifford is let out of prison for brother's funeral

Shamed celebrity agent Max Clifford was allowed out of jail on day release.
Shamed celebrity agent Max Clifford was allowed out of jail on day release. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Disgraced PR guru Max Clifford has been let out of prison to attend his brother Bernard's funeral.

The 71-year-old- jailed for eight years for a string of sex assaults on young women- was escorted to the North East Surrey Crematorium in south west London, by a prison guard.

Clifford, wearing a dark, suit, pink tie and sunglasses, arrived and left in a prison van.

He has now lodged an appeal against his sentence.

Read more: Max Clifford found guilty of eight indecent assault charges

Jailed Max Clifford sued by three female victims

The 71-year-old was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this month for eight assaults. Credit: PA

Three female victims of Max Clifford are suing the disgraced publicist following his conviction for a string of indecent assaults.

The 71-year-old was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this month for eight assaults on four women between 1977 and 1984.

The women's solicitor, Richard Scorer, said: "Clifford used his fame and public persona as a cloak to mask his sexual perversions. We are investigating all of Clifford's assets, including those of his companies, Max Clifford Associates and Max Clifford Media.

"We represent three women who have approached us for advice and we fully expect others to follow. I urge all of his victims to seek legal advice with a view to redress under the law."

Yesterday a judge signalled an end to Clifford's four-year marriage to wife Jo as the couple were granted a decree nisi in the Central Family Court in London.

Advertisement

Judge rules Max Clifford's marriage is over

Max Clifford's marriage has come to an end after a judge granted the PR expert and his wife Jo a decree nisi at the Central Family Court in London.

Neither was at the hearing.

Publicist Max Clifford outside Southwark Crown Court in London in April.

Lawyer Raymond Tooth, who represented Mrs Clifford, said after the hearing, which lasted less than two minutes: "Everything has been settled amicably."

Lawyer Lucy Sparks, who represented Clifford, said: "No comment."

Clifford, 71, was given an eight-year jail term earlier this month at Southwark Crown Court after being convicted of a string of indecent assaults on four women between 1977 and 1984.

Read: Police probe new Clifford claims after he is jailed for 8 years

Woman hopes to see Clifford show remorse for abuse

A woman who was abused by Max Clifford in the 1970s has told ITV News she hopes he will show remorse for his crimes following his conviction and sentencing.

She said Clifford had to first see his victims as human beings to finally admit his guilt - but doubted he would.

Watch: David Mellor takes 'a little pleasure' at 'sadist' Clifford's jailing

Police receive new complaints after Clifford conviction

Max Clifford's conviction has led to more complaints about the celebrity publicist, the former detective TV presenter who triggered the police investigation into Clifford has said.

Mark Williams-Thomas, who was first contacted by a victim, described Clifford as a "narcissistic, controlling individual, a predator" who is "now behind bars as a convicted child sex offender".

Max Clifford has been sentenced to eight years following his conviction on eight counts of historic indecent assault. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

He told BBC Radio 4's PM programme: "I can tell you as a direct result of the prosecution having a guilty verdict that I am now aware of other people who have come to me and those individuals are being spoken to and passed on to the police."

Mr Williams-Thomas also made the documentary exposing Jimmy Savile.

Advertisement

David Mellor takes pleasure in 'sadist' Clifford's jailing

Max Clifford is an unrepentant sadist who, driven by sex and money, "delighted in humiliating his victims", former Tory minister David Mellor has told ITV News.

Mellor was forced to resign in 1992 after Clifford took details of the politician's affair with actress Antonia de Sancha to the tabloids, including spicing up the story with lies.

Responding to Clifford's jailing, Mellor said the celebrity publicist "thought he was above retribution" and admitted that he took a "little bit of pleasure" at seeing him convicted.

"He came out this morning and waved two fingers at the judge ... and the judge waved two even bigger fingers back," Mellor added.

Read: Clifford's trial stunts 'caused more trauma' for victims

Clifford 'seriously' considering appeal against jail term

Max Clifford's solicitor has said the disgraced celebrity publicist is "seriously" considering an appeal against his eight-year sentence as well as an appeal against his conviction.

Max Clifford, seen in a court sketch receiving his sentence at Southwark Crown Court, has been jailed for eight years. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

The comment from Clifford's legal camp came as one legal expect expressed his surprise at the length of the sentence handed down and suggested it was "significantly" likely that an appeal could succeed.

Simon McKay, a criminal human rights lawyer at McKay Law, said he was "very surprised" at the length of the sentence, because it "creates the opportunity for the sentence to be appealed", adding: "And I don't think that's good for the victims."

Clifford's trial stunts 'caused more trauma for victims'

Judge Anthony Leonard condemned Max Clifford for causing more trauma for his victims with his "contemptuous" behaviour during his trial, including attempts to "trivialise" accusations against him by mimicking a reporter outside court.

The judge referred directly to Clifford's appearance behind Sky News reporter Tom Parmenter as he recorded a summary of the latest evidence during the trial at Southwark Crown Court.

"I find your behaviour to be quite extraordinary and a further indication that you show no remorse," the judge said before sentencing Clifford to eight years for the historic indecent assaults.

"(The) additional element of trauma caused by your contemptuous attitude is something that I shall take into account in sentence," he added.

"I can only hope that these proceedings will provide all your victims with some sort of closure."

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories