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  • 31 May 2014, 0:48

Max Clifford Lodges Sex Crime Sentence Appeal

Disgraced celebrity PR Max Clifford has lodged an appeal against his sentence, it has been confirmed.

Clifford, 71, was jailed for eight years earlier this month after being convicted of a string of indecent assaults against women between 1977 and 1984.

Judge Anthony Leonard, passing sentence at Southwark Crown Court, told Clifford his personality and position in the public eye were the reasons his crimes were not revealed earlier.

Because Clifford committed his crimes years ago, he was charged under an act from 1956, which set the maximum term for each charge at two years.

Under later legislation passed in 2003, the maximum term would have been 10 years, and for the worst instances would have been charged as rape or assault by penetration, which attract a maximum life term.

The former celebrity agent, who branded his accusers "fantasists", remained defiant before his sentencing, saying: "I stand by everything I have said in the last 17 months."

Clifford's decision was confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

Clifford, who represented celebrities including Simon Cowell before his conviction, has been divorced by his wife Jo since he was jailed.

He also faces civil claims from three of his victims, who have announced they are suing him.

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