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Max Clifford 'Used Me, Abused Me, Upset Me'
A letter sent to Max Clifford by a woman who accused him of assaulting her more than 35 years earlier was found by police in a cupboard next to his bed, a court has heard.
The woman, who met Clifford in Spain in 1977 while she was on a family holiday, wrote the anonymous letter to him recounting his alleged assaults after she went for counselling in 2010.
Prosecutor Rosina Cottage read excerpts of the letter as the trial of the 70-year-old got under way at Southwark Crown Court.
The court was told the note sent to Clifford's Central London office said: "You used me, you abused me, you upset me. You are a vile and horrible man. It has taken me 35 years to write this letter.
"It is dangerous if it were to fall into wrong hands and too serious not to inform you. You befriended my parents, told them I could have a modelling career, they were impressed by you, even though no one had heard of you.
"The abuse started in your office, you told me to strip, you took pleasure in degrading me, abusing me. You are repulsive and vile."
It added that Clifford was a "paedophile who condemned others in a double bluff".
Clifford is accused of indecently assaulting the victim, who was 15-years-old at the time, four times over a period between July 1977 and August 1978.
She is said to have been forced to perform sex acts on Clifford in his car and in his office on the promise he could get her a break in showbusiness.
A folded copy of the letter was found by police in a cabinet by at his home when it was searched by police and a second was found during a search at another of his properties.
When questioned by police he could not say why he had the notes and initially said he could not remember the girl but now says he may know her.
The celebrity agent denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven teenage girls.
He is accused of committing the offences between 1966 and 1985, when the girls were aged between 14 and 19.
Earlier Ms Cottage said the publicist used his ties to celebrities to "bully and manipulate" young women into performing sex acts with him.
She told the jury of six women and six men: "In his actions, we say he breached the trust of parents he had encouraged to trust him and young women working for him or seeking jobs in the world in which he worked."
Clifford listened from the glass-walled dock as the prosecution outlined its case.
Ms Cottage added: "Many of you, but not all of you, will have heard of the name Max Clifford. He is wealthy, he is well-connected.
"He is the maker of the kiss-and-tell celebrity and the breaker of reputations. He is the man called upon by television to speak about celebrity and media manipulation.
"He is a man who likes to play games with people and you will hear evidence of the games that he played with these girls and young women.
"As the years went by, he got away with his behaviour, he must have thought he was untouchable and no doubt thought no one would complain and if they did they would not be believed."
She said the case would hear not only from women to whom the charges relate, but other women who would give evidence of Clifford's "sexually predatory behaviour".
The jury was told that two of the charges relate to separate occasions when Clifford allegedly forced a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old into sex acts in a car.
One alleged victim said she was 19 when Clifford forced himself on her in a taxi, while another - who was also said to be 19 at the time - said he assaulted her in his office.
Other assaults were also alleged to have taken place in cars and the office.
Clifford, who has counted celebrities such as Simon Cowell and Jade Goody among his clients, was arrested in December 2012 and charged last April.
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