Clifford admits to 'slap and tickle' but denies sexual assault
Max Clifford told a jury yesterday that he attended "sex parties" hosted by Diana Dors but denied that they amounted to celebrity "orgies".
Giving evidence on the opening day of his defence against indecent assault charges, the public relations executive admitted to extramarital affairs with four women, including a French model and a television dancer.
The court was told that the size of his manhood would play a key part in his defence, as his accusers had variously described it as tiny and "enormous", but a doctor who measured Mr Clifford would testify he was "average" in size. Mr Clifford (70), told Southwark Crown Court that he had been guilty of "slap and tickle" in his office, but had never assaulted anyone. He told police that the "Swinging Sixties" were different times, when behaviour that would now be frowned upon was considered acceptable.
He denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls.
Mr Clifford, who married in 1967, agreed that he had written about attending "sex parties", sometimes hosted by Dors, the actress from Swindon once considered Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe.
"Yes, they were referred to as sex parties in my book because the word 'sex' is sensational and sex sells," he said. "But they were not orgies, it wasn't everyone having sex."
Four times-married Dors, who died in 1984, admitted to hosting sex parties at her Berkshire home, where celebrity guests would be encouraged to have sex with aspiring young actresses.
Dors's son, Jason Lake, alleged that the bedrooms were rigged with cameras and that his mother would watch the films later.
Speaking of his love affairs, Mr Clifford said one of his mistresses had been an employee, and he knew the relationship was "morally wrong", but because so many of his showbusiness friends were having affairs it seemed "natural".
"Did I ever have sex in my office?" he said. "Yes, but with someone I was having an affair with."
He did not sleep with any famous names, partly because "so many music acts, pop stars had sexually transmitted diseases around that time".
He admitted using fake identities to check the honesty of women who approached him with kiss-and-tell stories: "It was a very quick way of checking people out and getting to the truth," he said.
However, he denied impersonating Cubby Broccoli, Charles Bronson and Michael Winner on the phone as a way of luring alleged victims into sex.
"There was only one voice that I ever had and that was a gay voice," he said.
"I suppose because I've spent a lot of time around gays". The trial continues. (©Daily Telegraph, London)