Max Clifford faces prison for indecent assaults

PR guru Max Clifford has been found guilty of a string of indecent assaults on teenage girls in the first conviction under sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree.

Max Clifford faces prison for indecent assaults

The 71-year-old celebrity publicist was convicted of eight indecent assaults and cleared of two at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, with the jury unable to reach a verdict on one other count.

Clifford had repeatedly denied the claims, calling his arrest and prosecution “a nightmare” and branding his accusers “fantasists”.

The verdicts were taken in a hushed but packed courtroom, given by the forewoman of the jury on its eighth day of deliberations.

Clifford sat still in the dock as his fate was revealed, breathing deeply as he listened through a hearing loop.

His daughter Louise showed no emotion as the damning verdicts were given. The media expert then walked out of the courtroom with friends and supporters in complete silence, one of them patting him on the shoulder.

He was released on bail until his sentencing on Friday, but Judge Anthony Leonard QC warned him that he may face jail.

Clifford has become the first person to be convicted as part of Operation Yewtree, the national investigation sparked by abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox