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  • 2 April 2014, 23:17

Clifford Accusation 'A Lie' Says Daughter

Max Clifford's daughter has described him as her "rock" as she dismissed allegations that he indecently assaulted a 12-year-old girl.

Louise Clifford, 42, said claims from the girl she had been assaulted in a jacuzzi by the publicist during a Spanish holiday in 1983 were "untrue" and "a lie".

The woman has alleged Clifford put her hand on his penis while they were in the whirlpool bath, which Louise was using on the holiday to treat her chronic juvenile arthritis.

Richard Horwell QC, defending, asked her about the woman's jacuzzi claim and Ms Clifford said: "It's completely untrue, utterly, utterly a lie. It just didn't happen."

She later told the jury at Southwark Crown Court: "If it happened to be true I would say it and say it and say it, but she didn't come into the jacuzzi. That's the way it was."

Ms Clifford said she did not recall the girl or her family, and described the allegation against her father as "unpleasant".

In cross-examination, prosecutorRosina Cottage QC said Ms Clifford had said she could not remember the girl so as to "help her father".

But Ms Clifford hit back and said: "He's my dad, I always wanted to come here and tell the truth and be here for him, naturally.

"I came here to speak the truth, particularly about the jacuzzi as I was supposed to have been there. I told the absolute truth."

When the prosecution's suggestion that she was lying was put to her again by Mr Horwell, Ms Clifford replied:"That is not true. I wouldn't have been able to lie on oath.

"I'm not an actress. I came here to tell the truth."

Earlier, she was also asked about an anonymous letter one alleged victim sent to her father, and she said he had shown it her but she dismissed it as "the rantings of a mad woman".

She also denied prosecution claims that Clifford had "driven a wedge between you and your mother," replying: "He didn't."

Ms Clifford felt her mother was aware of his numerous affairs and said: "He never loved me any less, he never loved my mother any less. It was just something additional in his life."

Questioned further, Ms Clifford admitted she had been "following Twitter for three or four hours a day" so she could keep up to date with the trial.

She said: "It's just been a lifeline for me, to have some idea of what's been going on."

She also told Ms Cottage that she had been given "brief caricatures" of proceedings by staff from Clifford's office "once or twice", who had been sitting at the back of the court.

Ms Cottage told her: "You would have been aware that you shouldn't really discuss evidence in the case."

She replied she had not and it was an "overview".

Clifford, 70, from Hersham, Surrey, denies eleven counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984 on seven girls and women.

The trial continues.

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