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Max Clifford: 'My Accusers Are Fantasists'
PR guru Max Clifford has said the women who accused him of indecently assaulting them were trying to ''cash in''.
At the start of his cross-examination, Clifford said the seven women who have made allegations against him were ''fantasists and opportunists'' who had '"told a pack of lies".
In a series of angry exchanges with prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC, he said the women had come forward after reading about the initial claims when he was first arrested.
Clifford told Southwark Crown Court: ''They saw opportunities and all took them.''
When asked why the women would have made up the claims, he said: "I don't know, I don't know them. All I know is that it's untrue.
"They saw an opportunity for compensation, opportunity to make something out of this in the current climate.
"That would be one of the main considerations," adding that "a lot of girls have come to my office these last 30, 40 years primarily for that reason."
He went on: "Compensation would have been the main thing - possibly they were fantasists, possibly they didn't like me, they see an opportunity, I don't know.
"What they are suggesting is totally untrue."
Ms Cottage referred several times to a copy of Clifford's biography which was on her desk and marked in several places with pink tabs.
Clifford said the last 15 months had been "very, very damaging for him and his family" and repeated several times the allegations were "totally untrue, all rubbish and nonsense".
Ms Cottage also suggested that Clifford had "destroyed or hidden" diaries from 1977-1978 and 1985 which would have been crucial to the case against him.
He said: "That's total lies and rubbish - I wouldn't have a clue where they were."
Diaries for subsequent years were recovered just before the start of the trial.
The prosecution claimed pictures which would have been useful to the case were not disclosed until after witnesses had testified.
The tense exchanges continued and at one point, when Ms Cottage said she would ''move on'', Clifford replied: "Thank goodness for that."
The prosecution asked: "Do you think levity is appropriate?"
Clifford replied: "You keep asking me the same questions."
Clifford also told the court he had never told his wife of 40 years of his numerous affairs.
He told the court he "didn't think she would appreciate it" - prompting laughter in the public gallery.
He denied suggestions that his daughter Louise had lied for him to protect him.
He angrily told Ms Cottage that he had a ''wonderful relationship with my daughter based on love and devotion'.'
Questioned about ''legendary sex parties'' that were mentioned in his book, Clifford said they were ''good honest filth''.
He said he attended several with screen siren Diana Dors.
When asked where the women came from for the parties he said: "The girls found me, they called and said 'can I come and can I bring my sister, mother and aunt?'"
He insisted that there were "no drugs" at the parties and "none of the women were ever forced to do anything they didn't want to - they were old enough to know what they were doing".
Clifford agreed the girls were "beautiful and randy" but he denied prosecution suggestions that he "groomed them" or offered them contracts in return for sex.
He also revealed that as a teenage reporter living in Morden in the early 1960s he put on blue movie nights in a room above The Crown pub.
Clifford said: "The films were supplied to me by the police, it was a way of making extra money. They were every two or three months."
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.