PR consultant Max Clifford denies sex charges
- 28 May 2013
- From the section UK
PR consultant Max Clifford has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985.
The alleged offences relate to seven different women and girls ranging in age from 14 to 19.
At the hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Mr Clifford, from Hersham, Surrey, was remanded on bail.
The 70-year-old, who says the claims are "without foundation", will appear at Southwark Crown Court next month.
Speaking outside court, Mr Clifford said: "I'm totally innocent of these allegations and the nightmare continues."
He said his lawyers were just being informed of the identity of the complainants.
"Since December I've been in the dark and people have made accusations from a long time ago," he added.
On his arrival at court, dozens of photographers and camera crews crowded around Mr Clifford and his wife. Several members of the public shouted abuse.
BBC correspondent Sangita Myska said Mr Clifford looked very shaken and his wife appeared to be on the brink of tears.
Under the bail conditions, he must live at his Surrey home and is not allowed to contact prosecution witnesses.
The full list of offences relating to seven complainants are:
- One offence of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 14, in 1966
- One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1974/75
- Three offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1977/78
- One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1978
- Two offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 16 or 17, in 1981/82
- One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1980/81
- Two offences of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1984/85
Mr Clifford was arrested in December under Operation Yewtree - set up following allegations about Jimmy Savile - but his arrest was unrelated to Savile.
Operation Yewtree has three strands. One concerns Savile's crimes exclusively, while another relates to allegations against Savile and others.
The third strand, under which Mr Clifford was arrested, concentrates on accusations unconnected to the Savile investigations but which emerged as a result of the publicity surrounding the former BBC presenter and DJ.