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UK publicist Max Clifford pleads not guilty to sexual assault

By Layne Weiss     Oct 4, 2013 in Crime
Hersham - Public relations consultant Max Clifford has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of "indecent" sexual behavior toward teenage girls and women.
Clifford, 70, was arrested in December 2012 by officers investigating the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse scandal.
Max Clifford is charged with offenses related to seven alleged victims aged 14 to 19, BBC News reports.The incidents are said to have taken place between 1966 and 1985.
The seven ladies accusing Clifford remain anonymous.
Clifford maintains that he is "obviously totally innocent" of the allegations that have been brought against him.
He also said this has been a very trying time for not only himself, but also his "wife, family, and loved ones."
Mr. Clifford also thanked the public for their support.
"I have been helped tremendously by the public support, everywhere I go. That, obviously, has made a huge difference."
The trial date has been set for March 4, 2014. It will likely last around four weeks.
Max Clifford remains out of prison on bail, but he is restricted to live at his home in Surrey, and is prohibited from contacting prosecution witnesses.
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