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British PR guru Max Clifford jailed for 8 years for sex assault

Published on May 2, 2014 10:21 PM
 
British publicist Max Clifford arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London on May 2, 2014, to be sentenced after being convicted on eight counts of indecent assault. Britain's best-known celebrity publicist was jailed for eight years on Friday for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s, the first conviction from an inquiry into sex abuse triggered by revelations that the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile had been a prolific sex offender over decades. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's best-known celebrity publicist was jailed for eight years on Friday for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s, the first conviction from an inquiry into sex abuse triggered by revelations that the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile had been a prolific sex offender over decades.

Max Clifford, 71, whose clients have included TV music mogul Simon Cowell and US boxer Muhammad Ali, was found guilty on eight counts of indecently assaulting four girls aged 14 to 19 between 1977 and 1984.

He was cleared on two charges and a jury couldn't reach a verdict on an 11th charge dating back to 1966.

Judge Anthony Leonard at London's Southwark Crown Court imposed consecutive jail terms on Clifford due to the severity of the cases, which amounted to a total of eight years imprisonment of which he is expected to serve half.

 
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