Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford has died aged 74, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. He collapsed in prison three days ago and suffered a heart attack on Friday. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:
“As with all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Our condolences are with Mr Clifford’s family at this difficult time.”
Max Clifford, jailed for eight years last May, taken to Peterborough police station from his cell at Littlehey prison in Cambridgeshire.
— Chris Greenwood (@crimereporter) March 12, 2015
Time to get this old graphic out again…
Guido’s man at HM Wandsworth Prison reports that Max Clifford is expected to be transferred to an easier regime as early as today. Max is being kept segregated and went into the exercise yard yesterday morning accompanied by only two prison guards. Fellow prisoners greeted him with cheery chorused shouts of “nonce” and “c**t”, while trying to spit at him. Oh dear…
Max leaves prison in his new chauffeur driven transport.
He says it’s eight, but we all know it’s really four…
Not live and not aired at the time, this is the bizarre moment Max Clifford crept up behind Sky’s Tom Parmenter during a pre-record outside Southwark Crown Court, released now for the first time:
After Guido read Clifford’s autobiography he was in little doubt he was a wrong ‘un.
“Max Clifford has rightly been unmasked as a ruthless and manipulative sex offender who preyed for decades on children and young women.
Clifford was a rich and influential man who dined with the stars but the way he manipulated and groomed his victims is typical of many sex offenders. He exploited their vulnerabilities, using lies and coercion to get what he wanted.
Intimidated by his power and wealth, many of his victims did not initially speak out. But the courage they have shown in telling police what had happened to them and giving evidence means they have finally got justice.”