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Operation Yewtree charges Max Clifford with 11 counts of indecent assault

PR mogul Max Clifford has been charged with allegedly committing 11 indecent assaults of girls aged between 14 -19 years old between 1966 and 1985.

The charges come as a result of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation set up in the wake of sexual offences carried out by Jimmy Savile.

Clifford, who is well known for working with celebrities to help salvage damaged reputations, made a statement outside his home last night, 26 April. He denied all charges, stating it has been a “24/7 nightmare over the past four months”.

Clifford was previously arrested in December on suspicion of sexual offences. Following his arrest, he claimed that no children had been involved in the police investigation relating to him.

He said: “I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings.”

Meanwhile, Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said in a statement: “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.”

She went on to say: “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.”

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28 May 2013.

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