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Max Clifford insists abuse allegations are ‘totally untrue’

  • by JENNIFER COCKERELL
 

PR GURU Max Clifford has said he will try to continue to lead a normal life after being arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, describing allegations against him as “totally untrue”.

The publicist was questioned on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into allegations of sex abuse surrounding Savile and others, on Thursday.

Speaking outside his Surrey home yesterday, Mr Clifford said: “I’ll be working as I normally do, so trying to make things as normal as I possibly can under the circumstances.

“All I can say is that [the allegations] are totally without any foundation and they are totally untrue.”

He added that he had “nothing to hide”.

Asked about his release from Belgravia police station in London on bail at around 9:20pm on Thursday night, he said: “I’d been there about 12 hours sitting in the cells and being asked questions for hours and hours and hours. I wasn’t exactly a 
bundle of joy, you know.

“I still came out and faced the cameras and spoke to everyone, as I’ve got nothing to hide.

“I understand you have got a job to do because I have been involved for the last 45 years.

“It’s a horrible thing to happen to anybody, but I’m old enough and ugly enough to face it and sort it out, which is what I have got to do.”

Mr Clifford added: “It’s extremely distressing, not only for myself but also for my wife Joan and my daughter Louise, for friends and family.”

 
 
 

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