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  • 11 March 2014, 15:03

Woman Called Clifford A 'Pervert', Court Told

A woman who alleged Max Clifford attempted to indecently assault her went on to describe him as a "dirty old b******" and a "pervert" to colleagues, a court has heard.

A friend and former colleague of the woman told Southwark Crown Court that the alleged victim described the assault taking place after she had met Clifford at a Wimpy bar in south-west London when she was 14.

The witness said Clifford appeared on television at their office around six years ago and another colleague commented that he was a "lovely man". The alleged victim then recounted the 1966 incident in Morden.

She told the court: "She turned to me and said 'he is not a lovely man, he is a b***** pervert'.

"Her words were 'he's just a dirty old b******'."

She added that the woman had then given a "brief description of an incident" where Clifford, 70, "tried it on" and "started touching" her.

On Monday, the alleged victim told the court that Clifford drove her to an alleyway and "tried to force himself on her", before she managed to escape from his car.

The daughter of the woman also appeared as a witness, and told the court she heard Clifford come up in conversation between her mother and stepfather.

She told the jury she was aged 12 or 13 at the time, and the discussion was "probably about 18 years ago".

She said: "She did say that she started to feel concern because she knew she wasn't going in the direction of her house.

"She said that she was obviously sitting in the passenger seat and she said he made an advance towards her and sort of was trying to force himself on top of her.

"She tried to wriggle away from him to get the car door open and escape from the car and escape that situation. Luckily she was able to do that, orientate herself and run back home."

The witness added that her mother mentioned Clifford when she saw him on television.

She said: "She would say 'well there's some skeletons in his closet'."

Clifford, from Hersham in Surrey, is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. He denies all the charges.

The trial continues.

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