Sunday 18 March 2018

Stars 'frightened' by scandal, says PR guru

PR guru Max Clifford has claimed dozens of big-name stars from the 1960s and 1970s have contacted him because they are "frightened" they will become implicated in the widening child abuse scandal.

He said the stars were worried because at their peak they had lived a hedonistic lifestyle where young girls threw themselves at them but they "never asked for anybody's birth certificate".

Scotland Yard is leading the current investigation into accusations of abuse by former BBC DJ and presenter Savile, which now involve around 300 potential victims. Officers have searched a cottage belonging to Savile in Allt na Reigh in Glencoe, Scotland, to look for "any evidence of any others being involved".

Speaking on London's LBC radio, Mr Clifford said young pop stars at the time had gone from working in a factory one week to performing in front of thousands of people "and girls are screaming and throwing themselves at them then".

"For them to try and recount what happened in a dressing room in 1965 or 1968 or 1972, genuinely they are frightened to death," he added.

Irish Independent

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