The woman who claims that celebrity publicist Max Clifford forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 17 felt giving evidence about it in court this week was like “going 10 rounds with Mike Tyson”.
Her husband was recounting how she felt about her court experience, as he told Clifford’s indecent assault trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court they had not discussed her evidence.
He told the jury: “Of course, I was curious, but we knew we should not talk about it and we did not.”
Clifford, 73, is accused of indecently assaulting the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in his London office in the 1980s. He denies the charge.
He was jailed for eight years in May 2014 after being convicted of a number of charges under Operation Yewtree, the Met Police investigation set up after the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The woman’s husband recalled that “probably within a month” of their relationship starting in July 2010, his new love described Clifford as “not a very nice man to work for”.
It was around Christmas 2010 when she told him about the alleged assault. He told the court: “She basically said to me that he had come towards her with his penis out and locked the door.”
During the alleged incident, Clifford told the woman “you love your job don’t you?”, the husband said, but Clifford stopped when someone knocked on the door and called his name.
The husband said: “It was quite a difficult thing for me to hear, even though I did not know her when she was 17 and it was not something I wanted to hear, but I am glad that she told me.”
It was in May 2014, after Clifford was sentenced, that the woman contacted police about her alleged attack.
The husband told the court: “Max Clifford had been sentenced; after that time she was very happy he had been sentenced, but the next day she said ‘I feel I need to say something’. She said ‘I thought I would feel better now that he has been sentenced’.”
A few days later, his wife sent him a text and called the police.
She also said Clifford had left polaroid photographs of naked bodies and vaginas in the office.
Their daughter later told the court that n -one in their family had got together to talk about money or possible compensation from the case.
The daughter said her mother described Clifford as “a bit of a perv”.
The hearing was adjourned and will resume again at 10.30am today.
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