On Monday, 28th April at Southwark Crown Court, Max Clifford was found guilty of eight indecent assaults against a number of women and young girls over a period of 20 years.
This makes the publicist the first person to be convicted under Operation Yewtree, the inquiry set up in 2012 by the Met Police to investigate the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse allegations.
During the trial, it was revealed that Clifford used his status as a high profile publicist to promise to introduce his victims, some as young as 15, to celebrities and help them with their careers in return for sexual favours. He has consistently dismissed the allegations.
As with a number of recent celebrity trials, the victims in this case came forward as a result of the allegations made against Jimmy Savile made public in October 2012. In this respect, publicly naming those accused of sexual offences is surely the right way forward if it encourages victims to speak out about their ordeals.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Slater and Gordon Abuse Lawyer said that Clifford’s conviction was “very significant” in that it would “give confidence to other victims that a conviction can be achieved so many years after an event without DNA or other types of scientific corroboratory evidence”.
Speaking to Jeremy Paxman on BBC’s Newsnight, the Abuse Lawyer stressed that the conviction would hopefully give other victims the confidence to come forward and give evidence, knowing that a conviction is achievable despite significant lapses of time.
Slater and Gordon are currently representing victims of Max Clifford and have considerable expertise in dealing with cases of this nature. Our specialist abuse team understand the difficulties the victims face when speaking out and would be happy to speak to anyone with information.
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