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  • 1 April 2014, 23:30

Max Clifford Accuser 'Jumping On Bandwagon'

An alleged victim of publicist Max Clifford has been accused of "jumping on the bandwagon" by his first defence witness.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was questioned about what she knew of a complainant who says Clifford indecently assaulted her in his car in 1966.

She told the court she knew the alleged victim and her ex-husband, who had subsequently become her own lover, and they had gone on holiday together in Spain where the case was discussed.

The woman told Southwark Crown Court she overheard the alleged victim and her ex-husband talking about the trial, and he had also discussed it with her, saying he was being called to "corroborate" his former wife's story.

The woman said she felt the couple were "jumping on the bandwagon" after reading reports that Clifford was due to go on trial accused of indecent assault.

She said: "He told me that he had to give evidence to corroborate the story. She had told her ex-husband she and a 14-year-old friend had been offered a lift outside a club in London by Max but nothing had happened."

She added: "The conversation was along the lines that nothing much happened and it was not the most serious of the claims."

The woman added that after her relationship ended with the alleged victim's husband, she contacted Clifford's legal team in September last year to tell them what she knew because she "felt it was wrong. I felt it was lying".

Under cross-examination the woman admitted she waited four months before contacting Clifford's defence and had not informed police in Spain or Britain before, despite knowing a possible perversion of the course of justice might happen.

She admitted she contacted the PR guru's lawyers after an "acrimonious" split from her lover but insisted it was "not out of spite", adding she felt the couple "were not telling the truth".

Clifford's older brother Harold, 77, also gave evidence at the trial and the two exchanged smiles as his sibling, a retired carpet salesman, walked into court to give evidence.

He told the court his brother had used a scooter in the 1960s and only got a car after he was married.

The alleged victim from 1966 claimed she was indecently assaulted in Clifford's car several times after they met in a Wimpy bar in Morden.

Harold Clifford also told the court he was aware that his brother had affairs with a staff member and other women but they "didn't discuss it".

Clifford, dressed in a grey blazer, trousers and open-necked white shirt, listened to the proceedings via a hearing loop.

The 70-year-old from Hersham, Surrey, denies 11 counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984 on seven girls and women.

The trial continues.

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