Sunday 17 November 2019

Kiss-and-tell PR king Clifford arrested by Savile probe police

Max Clifford leaving the police station
Max Clifford leaving the police station

Sam Marsden and Martin Evans

MAX Clifford, the public-relations adviser, has become the latest high-profile figure to be arrested by detectives working on the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation.

The 69-year-old, who has spent his career managing the affairs of celebrities caught up in potentially scandalous situations, was held on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree investigation.

Mr Clifford protested his innocence after being arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex-abuse scandal.

He described the allegations as "damaging and totally untrue".

The publicist was held at his Surrey home at 7.40am yesterday on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to Belgravia police station in central London for questioning.

He was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into allegations of sex abuse surrounding Savile and others, before being bailed at around 9.20pm.

Speaking outside the police station, a shocked-looking Mr Clifford said: "These allegations are damaging and totally untrue. On a personal level, they are very distressing for myself, my wife, my family and loved ones.

"Anyone who really knew me all those years ago and those who have known me since will have no doubt that I would never act in the way that I have today been accused."

Police had refused to confirm the identity of the person arrested, but said the allegations were not connected to the decades of child sex abuse carried out by Savile, the late television presenter.

Mr Clifford, who has been a regular fixture on television commenting about the Operation Yewtree arrests, was detained at his home on a private estate in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

He was taken to a central London police station for questioning while detectives removed a number of items from the large detached home he shares with his second wife, Jo.

The publicist's lawyer, Charlotte Harris, of Mishcon de Reya, confirmed that Mr Clifford had assisted the police "as best he could". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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