Max Clifford trial provokes fresh sex abuse claims

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Max Clifford could face fresh allegations of sexual abuse after several women contacted police during his trial to complain they were also victims of the publicist, it has emerged.

Mark Williams-Thomas, the former detective who initiated the police investigation into the public relations guru after he was contacted by a victim, revealed that new allegations have been made about Clifford.

“A number of other women have come forward,” the child protection specialist told ITV’s This Morning. “Allegations have been made which are now being investigated by police.”

The 71-year-old publicist is facing jail after he was convicted following an eight-week trial of a campaign of sexual abuse against teenage girls over nearly twenty years.

He had faced 11 counts of indecent assault against seven teenagers. He was convicted of eight charges, cleared of two and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on one other.

Clifford became the first high-profile defendant to be convicted as a result of Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the scandal surrounding Jimmy Savile, the BBC entertainer who was unmasked as Britain’s worst paedophile following his death in 2011.

A television film by Mr Williams-Thomas into the Top of the Pops star led one of Clifford’s victims to contact the former policeman who forwarded her allegations against the publicist to detectives.

“The Clifford verdict is very satisfying because, finally, those women who have been abused have been listened to. He’s now been exposed as a predatory child sex offender,” said Mr Williams-Thomas.

Clifford was released on bail until Friday for sentencing, and posed for photos with his family and supporters outside court following his conviction.

Clifford’s trial at Southwark Crown Court, south London, heard the publicist bullied young women into performing sex acts, often after trying to impress star-struck teenagers with stories of his connections with pop stars, actors and movie executives.

Clifford treated his office as his own “sexual fiefdom” to do as he pleased with a number of victims between 1966 and 1984, the court heard.