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PR guru denies butler's claims

Disgraced PR guru Max Clifford has asked the British High Court to throw out a claim by former royal butler Paul Burrell that he breached his confidentiality by passing personal details about him to the News Of The World.

Clifford, serving an eight-year jail sentence for sex offences, said the action was without merit.

Mr Burrell said that he hired Clifford in 2001 to limit bad press coverage about him but, rather than stopping stories, the publicist passed on private information to the now-defunct tabloid.