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UK charges famed publicist with indecent assault

The Associated Press, Friday, April 26, 2013, 10:46am (PDT)

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they are charging prominent celebrity publicist Max Clifford with 11 counts of indecent assault.

The charges come as part of a broad investigation into child sex abuse spurred by the scandal involving the late BBC personality Jimmy Savile.

Prosecutors said Friday the charges against Clifford relate to assaults allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985 and involve seven complainants who were between the ages of 14 and 19 at the times of the alleged assaults.

Clifford — considered an affable and sage "go to" guy for celebrities embroiled in public relations fiascos — was arrested in December 2012. At the time, he called the allegations against him "damaging and totally untrue."

He will appear at London's Westminster Magistrate's Court on May 28.

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