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

Detectives are looking into fresh allegations against disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who was yesterday sentenced to eight years in prison for a string of indecent assaults against young women.

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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.

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.

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."

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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."

Clifford sentence 'reflects abuse impact on his victims'

The eight-year jail term handed to Max Clifford reflects the impact his crimes have had on his young women victims, a spokesperson for charity Victim Support has said.

Adam Pemberton, the charity's assistant chief executive, said it was the "compelling testimony" of the abused women - described as "liars" and "fantasists" by Clifford in court - that convicted him.

He paid tribute to the women for "finding the strength" to give evidence against the powerful PR man.

Clifford victims praised for speaking out about abuse

The Director of Public Prosecutions has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Max Clifford for historic indecent assaults, saying he has "rightly been held to account", and praised his victims for reporting the abuses.

“The prosecution was built with evidence demonstrating a pattern of behaviour where unconnected victims told of strikingly similar experiences over a number of years," Alison Saunders said.

"I would like to thank all the victims for coming forward and giving evidence in difficult circumstances."

She urged other victims to report their claims of abuse, "no matter who is alleged to have carried out the abuse or when".

NSPCC: 'Clifford unmasked as ruthless sex offender'

Max Clifford has been "unmasked as a ruthless and manipulative sex offender who preyed for decades on children and young women", the director of children's charity the NSPCC has said.

Responding to the eight-year sentence handed down to the shamed celebrity publicist at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Watt said:

Clifford was a rich and influential man who dined with the stars but the way he manipulated and groomed his victims is typical of many sex offenders. He exploited their vulnerabilities, using lies and coercion to get what he wanted.

Throughout the court case Clifford has behaved dismissively and arrogantly towards his victims and the suffering he has caused them. He made them go through a long and painful court case and relive their traumatic experiences by not pleading guilty.

– Peter Watt, NSPCC's Director of National Services
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