Max Clifford: I was never interested in 'silly little girls'

Max Clifford was "greedy" and liked women, but was never interested in "silly little girls", he has told a court. The PR consultant denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven alleged victims.

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Max Clifford: I was never interested in silly little girls

PR guru Max Clifford was "greedy" and liked women, but was never interested in "silly little girls", he told told Southwark Crown Court today.

Publicist Max Clifford arrives at Southwark Crown Court today Credit: PA

The 70-year-old told prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC: "I was not sexually frustrated which was what you suggested.

"I was very happy with my sex life and I didn't need to impress young girls to achieve any kind of sexual satisfaction or interest or stimulation.

"It has never been me, that's not the person I ever was. I happen to like women, yes sure, and I have had some wonderful relationships in my life. I like women, is that a crime?"

Clifford is standing trial accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls and women, all of which he denies.

Clifford: Calls under false names 'were not a game'

Max Clifford admits he made calls under fake names to "check people out". Credit: PA

Max Clifford has denied that phone calls he made under different names were "a game", telling court he used the method to find out if women were trustworthy or not.

"I was working, mixing with stars, famous people, successful people, that gave opportunities if [other people] wanted to take advantage. So I wanted to check people out," he told Southwark Crown Court.

The publicist said he would tell the person something "confidential", making them promise not to reveal it, then call them posing as a different character and see if they revealed the secret.

He said the calls may have involved sex, but only insofar as the information he fed to the women might have been about an alleged affair or scandal.

Mr Clifford denies all 11 charges of indecent assault against seven women and girls.


Clifford accusers 'fantasists and opportunists'

Max Clifford is facing 11 charges of indecent assault against seven women and girls. He denies all charges. Credit: Sean Dempey/PA Wire

PR guru Max Clifford has branded the women he allegedly assaulted as "fantasists and opportunists" who may be trying to get compensation.

In an occasionally heated exchange, the veteran celebrity agent was asked by the prosecution QC to explain why a group of women from different areas, and of different ages and backgrounds, would have made claims about him allegedly assaulting them, sometimes in apparently similar ways.

Rosina Cottage QC asked: "Do you know any reason why these women would have lied to their family and friends all of these years ago?"

Mr Clifford said: "I don't know, because I don't know them. I know that what they are saying is untrue."

He said the complainants could be seeking "an opportunity for compensation", adding: "Possibly they are just fantasists, possibly because they don't like me, they see an opportunity - they would be the reasons."

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Clifford denies assaulting 12-year-old in jacuzzi

Max Clifford has told the jury that his disabled daughter would not have been physically capable of getting in and out of a jacuzzi where it is alleged he indecently assaulted a 12-year-old girl.

He accepted that his family were on holiday in a Spanish resort at the time of the alleged incident.

But he said that his daughter Louise, who suffered from severe juvenile arthritis and was confined to a buggy, would not have been able to get herself in and out of the jacuzzi. He demonstrated to the court how he would have lifted her down into the water.

The alleged victim said she had been in the jacuzzi with Mr Clifford and his daughter, claiming the alleged assault took place when Louise left, and only stopped when she returned.

Mr Clifford said of the allegation: "I've said before, the thought is utterly repulsive and repugnant. Of all the things I've been accused of, a 12-year-old girl, that is disgusting, filthy and absolutely revolting."

Clifford: Assault claims 'a load of lies'

Max Clifford denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

PR guru Max Clifford branded allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in his car in the 1970s as "a load of lies", as he returned to the witness box for a second day.

The 70-year-old is standing trial accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls and women, all of which he denies.

Giving evidence at London's Southwark Crown Court, Clifford said he did not remember ever meeting two of his alleged victims as he was taken through the counts that he faces.

One alleged victim claims she met Clifford on holiday in Torremolinos, Spain, in 1977, and he kept in touch with her family, coming to her house and taking her out in his car after she returned to the UK, where he would persuade her to perform sexual acts on him.

But under questioning from his defence barrister, Richard Horwell QC, Clifford said: "That's totally and utterly untrue."

Clifford admits affairs but denies sexual assaults

Publicist Max Clifford admitted in court he had three extra-marital affairs but insisted he never assaulted or forced himself on women on girls.

Giving evidence for the first day in his trial fora string alleged sexual offences, he became angry as the charges against him were put to him on the stand. Juliet Bremner reports.


Clifford denies reputation for touching women

Max Clifford outside Southwark Crown Court. Credit: PA

Max Clifford has told court his PR business would have been "ruined" if he had a reputation for touching women.

Giving evidence at his trial over allegations of indecent assault, he also described claims of sexual interest in children as "utterly revolting, utterly, utterly disgusting lies".

Mr Clifford said he had "open access" to Top Of The Pops for 20 years had he wanted to impress women.

"If someone was impressed with the Walker Brothers, I wouldn't have shown a picture of the Walker Brothers, I would have introduced them to the Walker Brothers," he told the court.

"The same with the Beatles, the same with the Rolling Stones, the same with everyone else on Top Of The Pops.

He added: "If I really wanted to impress young girls, it would have been easy."

Clifford: I had 'occasional' sex in office

PR expert Max Clifford has told jurors he had sex in his office but only with a woman he was having an affair with.

Southwark Crown Court heard he had a relationship with an employee while married - something he said seemed "natural" because so many other people in his industry were also having affairs.

Giving evidence in his trial for a string of alleged indecent assaults, he said: "As and when and if something happened in the office it would have been very, very occasional, spontaneous, after work with the doors locked.

"We went to hotels and motels, we went was a relationship," he said.

Earlier, the court heard recordings of Mr Clifford's interviews with police, during which he said he had engaged in "slap and tickle" in his office but denied having sex there.

Clifford admits 'slap and tickle' in office

Max Clifford denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Max Clifford admitted to police that he engaged in "slap and tickle" in his office but denied ever forcing women to have sex with him, a jury has heard.

The 70-year-old listened from the dock as extracts of his police interviews were read to jurors.

Asked by detectives whether his office was "sexually charged" in the 1980s, Clifford told police: "That's probably right [...] "It was that kind of time, entertainers, that's quite possible."

However, Mr Clifford said he had never had sex with anyone in his office and claimed "no-one was ever put in a position to anything that they didn't want to do".

"I'm not that kind of man. I would be thoroughly ashamed of myself if I was putting a girl in that kind of predicament."

Mr Clifford denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven alleged victims.

Female juror discharged in Max Clifford trial

A female juror has been discharged in the Max Clifford trial after informing Judge Anthony Leonard that she knew a witness.

Max Clifford pictured arriving at Southwark Crown Court in London this morning. Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

The trial will continue with 11 jurors.

Clifford denies all the charges.

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