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Woman tells court of Clifford rape fear

A woman who was allegedly indecently assaulted by PR guru Max Clifford thought she was going to be raped when he "lunged" at her in his car, a court has heard.

The woman, who cannot be named, claims Clifford indecently assaulted her in 1966 after the pair met in south west London, 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, saying he had something to show her.


The court heard he produced a book of photographs of him with celebrities including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and she said she would like to meet the Walker Brothers.

The woman said: "He said 'I can arrange that, but this is what you've got to do', and he put my seat right back and then he tried for force himself upon me, basically.

"My seat, I think it went almost horizontal, that's the way it seemed, he then sort of lunged at me and put his body on me. He was touching me all over."

Clifford listened through a hearing loop from the dock.

The woman said: It was quite obvious what he wanted to do.

"I thought at the time I was going to get raped if I didn't get out of the car, I was just thinking about escape."

She told the court she managed to open the car door and wriggle free, and ran home.

Clifford (70) denies a total of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls.