Max Clifford pleads not guilty to indecent assault charges

Max Clifford outside Southwark Crown Court: "It is a nightmare for myself and everyone close to me. I am totally innocent"

PR consultant Max Clifford has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault.

Mr Clifford, from Hersham, Surrey, faces charges relating to seven alleged victims, ranging in age from 14 to 19, between 1966 and 1984.

Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court, the 70-year-old said he was "totally innocent" of the allegations.

He was released on bail ahead of the trial, set to start on 4 March 2014 and expected to last up to four weeks.

As he arrived at the court in London, Mr Clifford said: "Obviously I am totally innocent of these charges by these seven ladies, seven anonymous ladies.

"It's been a very hard time for myself, my wife, my family, loved ones.

"I have been helped tremendously by the public support, everywhere I go. That, obviously, has made a huge difference."

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

He had earlier denied the charges at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 May, and again at an administrative hearing at the Old Bailey in June.

Mr Clifford was arrested in December as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree.

The inquiry was set up following historical allegations of sex abuse against the late DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile - however Mr Clifford's arrest was unrelated to any allegations against Savile.

Under his bail conditions, Mr Clifford must live at his Surrey home and is not allowed to contact prosecution witnesses.

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