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PR guru Clifford 'lunged at girl in car'

Margaret Davis

Published 11/03/2014 | 02:30

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PR guru Max Clifford, 70, from Hersham in Surrey,  leaves Southwark Crown Court, where he is accused of a total of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 10, 2014. See PA story COURTS Clifford. Photo credit should read: Justin Tallis/PA Wire
PR guru Max Clifford

PUBLICIST Max Clifford, pictured, "lunged" at a schoolgirl and groped her after promising he could arrange for her to meet celebrities, a court has heard.

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The woman, who cannot be named, said she feared she was going to be raped when Clifford insisted on giving her a lift home after he met her at a Wimpy bar in south west London, and then pinned her down in the passenger seat.

Clifford is accused of indecently assaulting her in 1966 when she was 14 and he was in his early 20s, jurors at Southwark Crown Court were told.

She said that after offering her a lift home, he drove her to an alleyway near a sports field. "He tried to force himself upon me, basically."

The woman added: "I was sort of on autopilot (and said to herself) 'how can I get away from here'." She told the court she finally managed to open the car door and wriggle free.

"I didn't really want to tell my parents about it because I think they would have locked me in forever then.

"People always said to me 'why didn't you go to the police?' Because he was so powerful and he virtually controls the media, what chance would I stand?" she said.

Clifford (70), from Hersham in Surrey, is accused of a total of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. He denies all the charges, and says he would not have gone to a Wimpy.

The trial was adjourned to today.

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