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  • 17 March 2014, 18:33

Max Clifford 'Pinned Woman Against A Wall'

An office receptionist has told a court that publicist Max Clifford pinned her against a wall so he could kiss and grope her.

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the incident happened while she worked for a firm in the same building where Clifford was based.

The woman, who was 19 at the time, told the court she was working as a receptionist in a Bond Street office.

She told Southwark Crown Court she was about to finish work one evening in 1975, when he approached her.

The woman said: "He came out of his office, walked a couple of steps then suddenly veered towards me quite quickly.

"He pushed me up against the wall and sort of pinned me there."

When asked by prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC, what he used to pin her, the woman replied: "His body."

She added: "He pushed me up against the wall and put his tongue in my mouth. He tried to French kiss me."

When asked how she felt, she replied she was shocked and added: "Its not very nice for somebody to grab hold of you and do that to you."

The woman said his hands were on her waist and he touched her breast but she managed to wriggle away and fled to her own office where she got her belongings and left.

She said she didn't complain at the time, as her then boyfriend was "hot headed" and she didn't want to cause any trouble.

The court also heard her claim she had once seen Clifford's secretary appearing to perform a sex act on him in his office when she walked past to collect some post.

She said: "I thought he was asleep. I pushed open the door and as I pushed open the door I saw his secretary on her knees."

"I was quite shocked. I backed away very quickly," she added.

Under cross-examination from Richard Horwell QC, she told the court she'd had a "niggling relationship" with Clifford at the time adding: "He didn't like me. He made that plain."

When Mr Horwell put it to her that her account was "wholly inaccurate" she replied: "I don't agree."

Clifford, 70, from Hersham, Surrey, listened from the dock, dressed in a blue blazer, white shirt, tie and trousers.

He denies 11 counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984 on seven girls and women aged between 14 and 19.

The trial continues.

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