PR guru's sex assault trial haunted by Savile

2014-04-09 21:41

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

London - The spectre of shamed TV presenter Jimmy Savile has haunted the trial of Britain's top public relations guru Max Clifford, his lawyer said on Wednesday as the sex assault case neared its conclusion.

Richard Horwell told London's Southwark Crown Court that wealthy people like Clifford were being branded predators due to the "Savile effect".

The prosecution has told the trial that the claims from Clifford's alleged victims emerged following revelations in 2012 that Savile - a household name in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s - had been a serial sex offender.

Clifford, 71, denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls and women.

In his closing speech, Clifford's lawyer told jurors: "This trial has been haunted by the spectre of Jimmy Savile.

"The Jimmy Savile effect cannot be ignored.

"Why are wealthy celebrities the subject of these accusations?

"Why does the defendant always have to be a 'predator' when the evidence indicates he is not?"

He said the trial had been "obsessed" with Clifford's sex life but his extra-marital affairs were not on trial.

"If Mr Clifford was this Olympic-standard sexual athlete, having sex with any woman of his choosing, what on earth was he doing troubling himself with unattractive and forced sexual liaisons in his tiny office, in his car, in a taxi? It doesn't make sense, does it?", he asked.

Horwell said it amounted to "grubby voyeurism".

"It's fifth-rate fiction that not even Mills and Boon would countenance," he said.

While the defendant's accusers "enjoyed anonymity" and faced no financial cost, Clifford's name had been "published in newspapers and on television screens across the land" as he faced "many months of misery".

Earlier, in her closing speech, prosecutor Rosina Cottage described Clifford as a "master in the art of intimidation and manipulation".

"In every case his actions were sudden, unexpected and, frankly, in some cases so bizarre you may think these young women and girls have no idea how to react," she said.

Clifford was a "risk-taker" and had an "arrogant confidence he could get away with almost anything".

"Don't be fooled," she told the jury.

The judge is shortly expected to begin summing up the case, before asking the jury to consider their verdicts in the trial, which began on 6 March.

Read more on:    uk
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Travel
 

LOL treadmill fail!

Watch this hilarious clip! We think this man should rather be running outside this summer!

 
 

I love summer.24

Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos
7 drinks you need to make this party season

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.