You’d need a heart of stone not to laugh at the demise of Max Clifford. The git is goin’ dahn for 8 counts of sexual assault.
Millionaire publicist manipulated women and girls into performing sex acts with promises he would introduce them to showbiz stars.
Clifford, 71, was convicted following a six-week trial that exposed the “terrible, festering secret” that he was a paedophile who bullied and manipulated teenage girls into performing sex acts.
Apparently he accused his accusers of being “fantasists only in it for the money”. That’s rich coming from you Max! His defence basically consisted of his QC claiming things like, “It was a different age…” and accused the police of a witch hunt* and of people taking a “prurient interest in his sex-life”. Oh, the irony! The number of careers and lives he has wrecked over decades by doing just that…
The publicist left the courtroom without speaking to the press, hurrying into a private room with his legal team as his supporters – including several employees – waited outside, some in tears.
Once outside, Clifford refused to make a statement. “I’ve been told by my lawyers to say nothing at all.“
Well, that’ll be a first! Max Clifford lost for words. Perhaps almost as much as the chokey he receives that is almost as devastating to this vile and utterly egotistical man. And it will (I sincerely hope) be a long-time in chokey. All the girls and women were young and vulnerable and one was 15. They are considering a case where the jury was hung and that involved a 14 year old girl. There is also an accusation of of abusing a 14 year old but the jury was hung on that and they are considering what to do about that. And also the accusation that he abused a 12 year old in a Jacuzzi in Spain but for that he couldn’t be prosecuted.
Clifford destroyed lives and careers at whim. He is utterly vile. One only need to look at the Stuart Lubbock case or David Mellor to see his amorality and hypocrisy. And it is good he finally got his comeuppance.
Let Clifford rot in Hell.
Sometimes people do get their righteous comeuppance.
*There may be an element of truth in that as Operation Yewtree had yet to secure a conviction.