Max Clifford guilty of sex charges

Published Monday, 28 April 2014
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Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault.

Max Clifford guilty of sex charges
Max Clifford at Southwark Crown Court on Monday. (© Getty)

The PR guru was convicted of the assaults on women and teenage girls over a period of nearly 20 years at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

He was also cleared of two indecent assault charges and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on one other.

The 71-year-old has become the first person to be convicted under the high profile Operation Yewtree sex crime investigation.

He was arrested by detectives in December 2012, and charged in April the following year.

The investigation, Scotland Yard's inquiry into historic allegations of sexual offences, was prompted after claims were made against the late DJ Jimmy Savile.

Clifford repeatedly denied the claims, calling his arrest and prosecution "a nightmare" and protesting his innocence.

On Monday the verdicts were given by the forewoman of the jury on its eighth day of deliberations.

Clifford was released on bail until his sentencing on Friday, but Judge Anthony Leonard QC warned him this is no reflection on the sentence that will be passed.

He said: "You must realise that the fact I have given you bail is no indication of what the final sentence will be."

Outside the court Clifford posed for pictures flanked by supporters but told reporters: "I have been told by my lawyers not to say anything at all."

As he walked towards his waiting car, Clifford was asked what it felt like to be the story, and replied it was "not the first time".

© UTV News
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