Max Clifford has today at Southwark Crown Court pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault in relation to 7 alleged victims who range in age from 14 – 19 years. The offences are said to have taken place between 1966 – 1985.
This is the third court attendance for Mr Clifford, who has previously attended Westminster Magistrates Court in May 2013 and the Old Bailey in June 2013.
His arrest follows the widespread police investigation Operation Yewtree which was initially set up following the historical allegations of sexual abuse against the late Mr Jimmy Savile. Other famous TV personalities have also been interviewed by the police and recently Michael Le Vell was cleared of child sex charges following a highly publicised trial. However, Stuart Hall was convicted and sentenced to prison for his part in abusing young girls between 1967 and 1987. At his trial in June 2013 he was labelled an“opportunistic predator” of his victims.
In the last few weeks I have been contacted by at least 9 new clients wishing to seek advice on potential civil claims involving historical abuse. Often it takes many years for a victim to come forward and contact the police and in my experience this is due to many factors, including issues that they are facing at that particular time of their life which force them to revisit the past, the death of a parent or sometimes it is buried away in the back of their memory until they are contacted by the police and are forced to come to terms with matters when invited to assist in the criminal proceedings.
Abuse claims are difficult for many reasons and it takes courage for the victims to come forward. This must not be forgotten when dealing with potential claimants who not only are having to face their demons but are having to deal with the complexities of the civil and criminal court procedures.