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BRITAIN’S TOP CELEBRITY PUBLICIST ARRESTED

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Max Clifford

Britain’s firestorm of scandals produced another flareup on Thursday when the country’s leading celebrity publicist, Max Clifford, was arrested and questioned by Scotland Yard on suspicion of sexual offenses. “Anyone who really knew me all those years ago, and those who have known me since, will have no doubt I would never act in the way I have today been accused,” Clifford said following his release. Clifford became the fifth person arrested since an investigation by Scotland Yard was initiated following revelations that the late Jimmy Savile, a top BBC television host, had molested hundreds of underage girls over a decades-long period. A BBC news report that would have divulged accusations by some of Savile’s alleged victims was later canceled under puzzling circumstances — resulting in the suspension of the program’s editor and forcing the resignation of BBC Director General George Entwistle. Results of an independent investigation of the BBC’s handling of the report are expected to be published during the week of Dec. 17. Following the arrests of singer Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and British disc jockey Dave Lee Travis, Clifford said in a TV interview that he had been contacted by numerous celebrities worried that they might face similar charges because of their connections to Savile. “It is a situation which could easily turn into a witch-hunt. A lot of big stars are frightened,” Clifford said in the interview. “Where is it going to end?”