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




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

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

Following sentencing, police have revealed potential victims have come forward to fresh .

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Nobody is immune’

statements read by the prosecution, one victim – was 15 at the time – revealed how she had missed 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 felt she had “lost the last 20 years” of her life.

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

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

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

Clifford was a key player in the British media in the 1990 and 2000, 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)