Tuesday 20 February 2018

PR guru Clifford: I organised good, honest filth for people

Publicist Max Clifford arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday
Publicist Max Clifford arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday

Lewis Smith

Max Clifford was the "ringmaster" who organised a succession of "legendary sex parties", a jury heard yesterday.

The PR consultant described the parties as "good, honest filth" and said that women would beg him to let their sisters, aunts or mothers come along.

Mr Clifford (70) said the role of ringmaster was one he liked to have in "many aspects" of his life, but insisted as he gave evidence at Southwark Crown Court in London that he did not need to "groom" people to take part in the parties.

"No one was doing anything to anyone that they didn't want to do," he said. "Everyone was old enough to know what they were doing.

"Sometimes when you are a star it's difficult to have the same kind of fun as other people. I was involved in organising good honest filth but that doesn't mean I had to stand there and take part. I was with my partner, I was quite happy with that. Sometimes there was sex, sometimes there wasn't. To call them sex parties obviously sells."

Asked how he found the girls for the parties, which he said were occasionally attended by film, music and television producers, he told the jury: "They found me. They would ring up and they would say 'Can I come, can I bring my sister, can I bring my mother, can I bring my aunt?'."

Mr Clifford talked of the sex parties as he was questioned by Rosina Cottage, for the prosecution, who accused him of manipulating women for his own sexual ends. She said he "groomed" them by promising them film roles for sex.

He denied the suggestions and hit back: "As I did not know them it is difficult to say I groomed them. I didn't have to groom people."

Mr Clifford, who denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls and women, branded his accusers as "fantasists and opportunists".

Asked 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, he replied: "I don't know, because I don't know them. I know that what they are saying is untrue.

"I can only think it's because of an opportunity for compensation, an opportunity to make something out of this in the current climate.

"It's pure speculation for me or anyone else as to why they are doing it. I know it's not true."

The trial continues. (© Independent News Service)

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