Back to Press Releases

Max Clifford Fails to Pay Victims Settlement Despite Judge’s Order

Max Clifford Fails to Pay Victims Settlement Despite Judge’s Order

Jailed publicist Max Clifford has failed to pay two of his victims damages despite agreeing to give one a five figure settlement for the pain he caused.

Clifford, 73, who is currently serving an eight year jail sentence for abusing a string of women, was also ordered to pay a second victim an interim payment of £15,000 by a judge, with a full settlement to be decided next year.

But the shamed PR guru has repeatedly ignored requests from his victims’ lawyers, leaving them with no option but to apply for charging orders on his Surrey mansion.

Clifford was jailed in May 2014 after being convicted of eight charges under Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan police investigation that was set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

In November 2015 he agreed to pay a five figure settlement to one victim in an apparent admission that he had harmed her.

But at his second criminal trial, in which he was cleared of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, he protested his innocence saying: I was found guilty [in 2014] ... I know I’m innocent. Hopefully one day I will be able to prove that. One of the things I’ve learned [from the last trial] is you’re guilty until proven innocent when sexual offences are involved.”

In October last year Master McCloud ruled at the High Court that Clifford does have to give the second victim damages and ordered him to hand over an interim payment of £15,000. Nothing has been paid.

In October last year Master McCloud ruled at the High Court that Clifford does have to give the second victim damages and ordered him to hand over an interim payment of £15,000. Nothing has been paid.

Lawyers from Slater and Gordon are also representing four other victims who are taking legal action against Clifford.

The second victim, who was awarded a judgment against Mr Clifford last October but cannot be named, said: “For 30 years I have had to deal with seeing Max Clifford on television and the upset it has caused me. Even when I tried my hardest I was consumed with guilt and self-loathing. I would relive what he did to me again and again.

“What his recent behaviour illustrates is his complete arrogance and denial that his actions had any impact whatsoever on his victims.

“Now I fear being in a situation when I am with a man alone as what happened with Clifford made me aware that a man could so something to me and I would be largely powerless to stop him. That is the impact Max Clifford has had on me.”

Kim Harrison, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “Mr Clifford agreed a settlement with our first client of his own volition. That was not the action of a man who was protesting his innocence.

“Despite repeated requests for payment our client has not received a penny. Further requests were sent to Mr Clifford after the judgment in October but these too have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have been left with no option but to apply to put charges on his home in a bid to get the settlements owed to our clients. They have all been through hell and the disdain he is treating his victims with is a further insult from a man who refuses to face up to the impact he has had on his victims’ lives.”