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  • 19 March 2014, 22:40

Clifford 'Told Victim No One Will Believe You'

Publicist Max Clifford warned a teenage girl "no one is going to believe you" after allegedly sexually abusing her in a nightclub toilet, a court has heard.

The woman, who cannot be named, told his trial she had been a dancer in the mid 1980s when she went for an audition at a London nightclub.

She explained it took place in the club's basement during the day while the club was closed.

After the dancing audition, she said Clifford approached her in the club and asked if she wanted to get into acting - she was around 18 years old.

She said Clifford told her: "I am looking for girls for a Bond film ... you'd be great."

The film was Octopussy, she told Southwark Crown Court.

She alleged Clifford then took a call from a "pay phone" on the wall in the club and passed the handset to her telling her it was Bond producer Cubby Broccoli.

The woman said the person on the phone told her she needed to tell him if Clifford was circumcised or not.

She described how she was then led to the toilets by Clifford who simply smiled at her and was "so calm".

The woman accused Clifford of then exposing himself to her and ordering her to perform a sex act on him.

She said Clifford then pulled down her leotard top and started grabbing at her breasts, which she said was "unpleasant".

As she left the toilet, she said Clifford made a "cocky" comment to her, saying: "No one is going to believe you."

The woman said she believed it had happened in 1984 but defending Clifford, Richard Horwell QC, said the film Octopussy actually came out a year earlier in 1983.

Mr Horwell said to her: "I suggest it simply didn't happen."

"I wish I could say that was true," she replied.

The woman added: "I chose not to remember all the details ... I have tried to get on with my life."

Another woman told the court she was a young model in the 1980s and Clifford said to her he may be able to get her a role alongside David Bowie in a film called Labyrinth.

She claimed he tried to set up a dinner with Bowie and allegedly told her he'd "tip her the wink" if and when she should go upstairs to sleep with the singer.

The woman never went to the dinner but said she did go to a photo shoot at a flat in southwest London with the publicist.

She claimed after the shoot the photographer was in an adjoining room having sex with another woman when Max Clifford exposed himself to her.

She told the court how she recalled him saying he had a "big issue" over the size of his penis.

The witness said she left the room and got out of the flat, and then decided to give up on a film career because it was "too seedy".

Her mother also gave evidence and said her daughter remembered Clifford shouting to her as she escaped the flat: "With that kind of attitude you'll get nowhere in show business."

Clifford denies the allegation and all 11 charges of indecent assault that he faces. The trial continues.

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