Public relations guru Max Clifford is a “good, decent man”, actress Pauline Quirke told a court today.
“The word I’ve always associated with Max, since I’ve known him, is the word integrity,” the ‘Birds Of A Feather’ star said.
She was giving evidence for Clifford, 70, at London’s Southwark Crown Court, where he is standing trial accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls and women – all of which he denies.
Quirke told the court she had known Clifford for 20 years, having met him through their work for the charity the Rhys Daniels Trust, where they are both vice-patrons.
They went on the celebrity version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ and raised £32,000 (€23,313) for the charity.
She said: “We are good friends, we’ve been out for dinner, Max has been to my house for dinner, I’ve been to his house, he was at my wedding, I was at his wedding.”
Asked by Richard Horwell QC, defending, how well she had got to know Clifford, she said: “We didn’t have any holidays together, or that sort of thing, but I would say he’s a good, decent man, yeah.
“I’ve been in his company on a number of occasions and found him very down to earth, a normal, decent man.”
Asked if she had ever seen him behave inappropriately with a woman, or heard of him behaving inappropriately with a woman, she said: “I’ve certainly never seen him behave inappropriately with a woman, and I’ve never heard any rumours over the years.”