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Max Clifford Laughs At Car Claim In Abuse Trial
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has laughed in the dock at suggestions he had the same sports car for over 20 years.
The 70-year-old is facing a series of allegations from seven women who say he indecently assaulted them between 1966 and 1984.
Under cross-examination, the second woman to give evidence was asked about the yellow Jaguar sports car in which she says he repeatedly forced her to commit sex acts in during 1977.
The woman, who cannot be named, told the court she saw him again in the yellow Jaguar in the 1990s - possibly in 1998, she said.
Richard Horwell QC, representing Clifford, questioned her account that she had pulled up behind his Jaguar on a road in south London.
He asked: "Mr Clifford still had the yellow Jag?"
The alleged victim replied: "I presumed it was an updated version ... it was yellow. My understanding was it was a yellow Jag."
Mr Horwell then said: "This is 20 or so years after you met him in Spain - and he still has a yellow Jag?"
"Perhaps he likes yellow Jaguars," came the reply, which prompted Clifford to shake his head and laugh in the dock.
The woman was then questioned about her decision to report the alleged abuse to the police 35 years after she claims it took place.
She told the court: "I didn't want to go, but if I didn't go I'd always feel like a coward ... I had a duty to do it."
She added: "I felt I'd done the right thing but I was still really, really frightened. I thought he'd try to do anything to keep it out of the press and the courts."
The alleged victim went to the police after a heart-to-heart discussion with a close friend on a weekend away.
The friend told the court she was "frightened of him", saying: "He had made her feel scared while it was going on."
She added: "She didn't think she would be believed and the main issue was that she just did not want to divulge what had happened to her to her parents."
The woman's older sister also gave evidence and said she had a "vivid memory" of Clifford visiting their family home and offering work to her 15-year-old sister.
She recalled visiting Clifford's office with her sister and described waiting outside as her sibling went in.
The alleged victim claimed on Wednesday that Clifford bullied her into taking off her top and then her bra to assess her suitability for topless modelling - something she had no interest in doing.
The sister told the court she could not remember how long she waited for the meeting to end and confirmed her sister did tell her afterwards about taking her clothes off.
"I did nothing," she said. "I didn't go back to the office to make any sort of challenge and I didn't speak about it when we got home."
Clifford, of Hersham, Surrey, denies eleven counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984 on seven girls and women.
The trial continues.