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Detectives ‘review’ new allegations against disgraced British publicist, Max Clifford


Detectives are reviewing new allegations against disgraced publicist Max Clifford, Scotland Yard has said.

The former PR guru was jailed on Friday for a total of eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women.

Following his sentencing, police have revealed more potential victims have come forward to make fresh allegations.

“We have received further information and this is currently subject to review,” a spokesman said.

Clifford, 71, was jailed after he was found guilty of eight counts of historic abuse, carried out between 1977 and 1984.

Speaking outside the court on Friday, Det Ch Insp Michael Orchard, the senior investigating officer in the case, said the publicity of the trial had persuaded more potential victims to come forward.

“As a result of high-profile cases such as these we have seen a significant increase in the number of sexual abuse allegations reported to police,” he added.

The BBC’s home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said police and the Crown Prosecution Service were discussing how to proceed.

On Friday, Southwark Crown Court heard how the abuse by Clifford – who is the first person to be convicted under Operation Yewtree – changed the course of four women’s lives.

‘Nobody is immune’

In statements read out by the prosecution, one victim – who was 15 at the time – revealed how she had missed out on having her first sexual relationship with someone her own age because of what Clifford did.

Another said she would cry whenever she saw him on TV following the assault and feared police would laugh at her when she finally came forward.

Prosecuting barrister Rosina Cottage QC said one of the women felt she had “lost the last 20 years” of her life.

Sentencing the PR man, Judge Anthony Leonard said he had groomed and degraded his victims.

He told Clifford: “These offences may have taken place a long time ago, when inappropriate and trivial sexual behaviour was more likely to be tolerated, but your offending was not trivial, but of a very serious nature.”

The judge said that Clifford – whose lawyer later said an appeal was being considered – should serve at least half his total sentence in jail.

Clifford was a key player in the British media in the 1990s and 2000s, orchestrating tabloid revelations about the sex lives of politicians, including David Mellor and John Prescott, sporting figures such as David Beckham and Sven-Goran Eriksson, and actors including Jude Law. (BBC)

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