Disgraced PR guru Max Clifford has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his eight-year jail sentence for sex offences.
The sentence was upheld by three Court of Appeal judges in London. Clifford, 71, was jailed in May after being convicted of a string of indecent assaults, carried out between 1977 and 1984, using his celebrity connections to lure women.
Announcing the appeal court's decision, Lord Justice Treacy, who heard the case with Mr Justice Turner and Judge Michael Pert, said the sentence was "justified".
Disgraced PR guru Max Clifford is due to appeal against his eight-year prison sentence for a string of indecent assaults.
The 71-year-old was jailed in May for the offences which were carried out between 1977 and 1984.
At the time of his sentencing, Clifford, who had previously branded his accusers "fantasists", remained defiant.
His appeal is due to be heard at the Court of Appeal in London today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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".
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.
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.
The custody image of Max Clifford has been released by the Metropolitan Police following his sentencing to eight years in prison for a string of indecent assaults.