Max Clifford Arrested in Tabloid Friendly Shocker

As the tortured morass of the Saville investigation continued to widen, the most iconic and some would say, notorious publicist in Britain, Max Clifford has been arrested under suspicion of sexual offences.

In a bizarre twist of gamekeeper turned poacher (or something like that), the man who has long defended his stream of scurrilous scandal mongering with the stock defence of ‘well they shouldn’t have done it if they didn’t want to be exposed’ was knocked clean off the dubious moral high ground.

He was detained at his Surrey home at 7.40am on Thursday and taken to Belgravia police station in central London for questioning. He was held there until 9.20pm, when he was released on bail until a date later this month.

The 69-year-old was the sixth person held by police during the course of Operation Yewtree which is investigating allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Savile and others. There is no suggestion that he was in any way involved with Savile, and the accusations against him fall into the wider net of sexual offences perpetrated by people of influence over the last few decades.

Last month, Clifford went public with the fact that a number of former stars had contacted him with concerns about their reputation because they had appeared on Top of the Pops or Jim'll Fix It and been seen with the toxic combination of Savile and young girls.

"It is a situation which could easily turn into a witch-hunt. A lot of big stars are frightened," he told ITV's Daybreak. "Where is it going to end? I hope the police concentrate on finding people like Jimmy Savile who were manipulating girls."

Clifford made a statement to the waiting hordes of press – a scene he has himself orchestrated so many times in his career. "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. On a personal level, the allegations are very distressing for myself, my wife, my family and loved ones.”

For many who have had their personal and professional lives decimated by the arch PR man and master of the kiss and tell, there will most certainly be a whiff of karma about the whole affair and the sense that Clifford’s ‘holier than thou, with a good few quid from the tabloids’ attitude has finally unravelled.

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