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Max Clifford 'Told Teenage Girl To Strip'
Publicist Max Clifford ordered a teenage girl to strip in his office telling her she could be the next Jodie Foster, a court has heard.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she took off her rugby shirt and bra and stood topless in his office.
Jurors listened as the woman described how Clifford had charmed her by telling her: "You could be the UK version of Jodie Foster."
At the time of the alleged incident in 1977, the victim was 15 years old and she recalled how Miss Foster was a star of Taxi Driver, a popular film at the time.
She said Clifford had spent several minutes persuading her to take her clothes off, reminding her of how he had seen her in a bikini during a recent Spanish holiday where they had first met.
Initially, she had been reluctant to meet him but then she arranged to visit him at his central London office after receiving a call from a man named Terry Miller, who the prosecution say was really Clifford.
The witness said on meeting in Clifford's office, he told her to take off her rugby top and then her bra.
She added: "I was really uncomfortable and felt really nervous and really vulnerable, but I felt stupid because he kept talking and talking and saying 'You're being so childish'."
Eventually taking off her bra, the witness said Clifford had made "a derogatory comment".
She told the court: "He said that, although I was nice, that I wouldn't be able to do topless modelling, which I was really shocked by.
"I was shocked, the fact he said something horrible to me about my figure, because I had been so brave to take my bra off, and I was shocked he was talking about topless modelling because we had just been talking about me being the UK's Jodie Foster."
The jury was also read a letter the woman was said to have written Clifford some 35 years later, accusing him of raping her and making her life a "living hell".
"I wondered if you remember, as I do the child sexual abuse you engaged in?" it said.
"Befriending my parents, flattering their daughter and talking of an acting/modelling career, offices near Bond Street, they were impressed even though no one had heard of you.
"I had no one to turn to. You were very clever A+ in grooming children! how proud you must be. What chance did I have?
"You made my life a living hell up until the point I was even contemplating suicide. You got worried then and backed off. Too dangerous for you. You might have been found out."
Giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court, the woman, now 51, told how Terry Miller had said Clifford liked to be ''talked dirty to'', and it would be "advantageous" to say obscene words.
The witness also described how Clifford had taken her to various locations across south London, including Fulham FC's training ground, where she claims he abused her during the late summer and autumn of 1977.
She said she was also taken to pubs and the Playboy Club on Park Lane to ''meet people'' but that nothing ever came of it and she was never offered any work.
The alleged abuse would take place at night in Clifford's car, which she said was a yellow Jaguar.
Asked how she felt, the woman, who said she was a virgin at the time, said she felt "used and dirty".
She told the court: "He was very robotic and controlling, distant. I remember being frightened by his distance. He was very cool, without any emotion.''
The witness had not told her parents because she ''felt powerless'' and was worried about being punished.
The jury also heard how she considered suicide after Clifford claimed a photographer hidden in bushes had taken pictures of her performing a sex act on him.
She said: "At this stage I was going to kill myself. I had it pictured in my head, I was going to jump off a bridge.''
Clifford, 70, from Hersham, Surrey, denies eleven counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984 on seven girls and women.
The trial continues.
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