Max Clifford Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Sex Offences

14/08/2014 17:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

Max Clifford sentenced

Max Clifford has been sentenced to eight years in jail for indecently assaulting teenage girls over nearly 20 years.

Spin doctor Clifford, 71, was convicted of eight charges, cleared of two and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on one other charge.

Judge Anthony Leonard told Clifford his behaviour was 'quite extraordinary', and accused him of having a 'contemptuous attitude' towards the women he targeted.

The judge added: "These offences may have taken place a long time ago, when inappropriate and trivial sexual behaviour was more likely to be tolerated, but your offending was not trivial, but of a very serious nature."

Clifford repeatedly shook his head as the judge made his comments to a packed courtroom.

Judge Leonard added that he thought Clifford's personality and position in the public eye were why the crimes had not been made public sooner.

He said: "The reason why they were not brought to light sooner was because of your own dominant character and your position in the world of entertainment which meant that your victims thought that you were untouchable, something that I think you too believed."

Clifford was convicted following a six-week trial that exposed the 'terrible, festering secret' that he was a paedophile who bullied and manipulated teenage girls into performing sex acts.

Clifford became the first suspect to be prosecuted successfully under Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree investigation, which was sparked by the }catch(e){}Max Clifford Leaves Court Found Guilty of Sex Assaults

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