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Max Clifford charged with 11 indecent assaults

26/04/2013

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised police to charge Max Clifford with 11 indecent assaults allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Max Clifford, who was initially arrested on 6 December 2012 over allegations of sexual offences.

"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants. The charges 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 1984/85

"Mr Clifford will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 28 May 2013.

"We have also decided that there is insufficient evidence to authorise charges in relation to three separate allegations. These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and our guidance for prosecutors on sexual offences.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Clifford has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

Additional information

  • To allow journalists to track progress, it may be helpful to know that until this point the CPS has described the file relating to Max Clifford in the following terms:  "a man in his 60s from Surrey arrested on 6 December 2012 in relation to possible offences of a sexual nature."

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