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Max Clifford denies sexual abuse charges as he is bailed by Savile police

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has denied allegations of sexual assault in the 1970’s, having been held by police yesterday, as part of the investigation into the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

Clifford, who previously told the media that he had been approached by a number of famous names who were ‘nervous’ about the arrests being made, was himself detained by police yesterday morning on sexual abuse charges from over three decades ago.

Following his release on bail from Belgravia police station, Clifford made a statement to the gathered media, stating: “These allegations are damaging and totally untrue.”

Clifford continued: "On a personal level, they are very distressing for myself, my wife and loved ones.

"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."

Asked when the assault was meant to have been conducted, Clifford revealed that it stemmed back to 1977.

He is the sixth person to be interviewed as part of Operation Yewtree.

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