More tolls taken by the Jimmy Savile sex scandal

Savile sex scandal takes more tolls

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:46:59 GMT

British police have arrested Max Clifford, one of the UK’s best known publicists, on suspicion of sexual offences instigated in the wake of the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile scandal.

Clifford reiterated his innocence over sexual offences allegations, telling reporters on Friday morning he planned to “show clearly and conclusively that there’s absolutely no truth in any of this”.

The 69-year-old stopped to speak to reporters as he left his Surrey home by car the day after being arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Clifford was held at his home on Thursday morning and questioned at a London police station before being released on bail until later this month.
“These allegations are damaging and totally untrue,” said the publicist, adding that the accusations have been “very distressing” for him and his family.

Earlier last month, Clifford publicly asked where the police investigations might lead, and noted that many former stars had contacted him saying that they were concerned about being dragged into the inquiry.

Clifford was the sixth person quizzed by police from the Yewtree Operation into allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Savile and others. His arrest on suspicion of sexual offences that allegedly date back as far as 40 years is not linked to Savile, the former BBC presenter, according to the police.

The investigation into Savile scandal has been running since late October. Since that time, Scotland Yard has been contacted by more than 500 alleged victims.

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