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Max Clifford: allegations are 'damaging and totally untrue'

The well-known publicist was arrested yesterday as part of the investigation into sex offence claims against Jimmy Savile and ‘others’.

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WELL-KNOWN PR guru Max Clifford has been bailed by London police following his arrest in connection with the investigation into claims of sex abuse against Jimmy Savile and a number of ‘others’ in the 1970s.

Last night, after 13 hours of questioning, the publicist told reporters outside Belgravia police station that all allegations against him are “damaging and totally untrue”.

“On a personal level they are very distressing for myself, my wife, my family and loved ones,” he continued. “Anyone who really knew me all those years ago, and those who have known me since, will have no doubt that I would never act in the way I have today been accused.”

The 69-year-old confirmed that the allegations against him relate to 1977.

Scotland Yard said they arrested the man at his Surrey home on Thursday morning as part of Operation Yewtree, an investigation set up in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal.

Clifford is the sixth person to be arrested as part of the inquiry. He has been categorised as falling under the strand of the operation that police have termed ‘others’. There are two other categories – offences committed by Savile and offences committed by Savile and ‘others’.

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Gary Glitter and comedian Freddie Starr have also been arrested in connection with the inquiry recently. Police say they are dealing with about 450 potential victims.

Max Clifford arrested as part of Savile investigation – reports

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