Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Feared Clifford Would Rape Me; WOMAN TELLS OF SEX ASSAULT BY CELEBRITY PR GURU WHEN SHE WAS 14 TEENAGER 'WAS GROPED IN HIS CAR AS HE GAVE HER LIFT HOME AFTER SCHOOL' 'I Did Not Know at That Stage Whether I Was Going to Be Raped or Murdered'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Feared Clifford Would Rape Me; WOMAN TELLS OF SEX ASSAULT BY CELEBRITY PR GURU WHEN SHE WAS 14 TEENAGER 'WAS GROPED IN HIS CAR AS HE GAVE HER LIFT HOME AFTER SCHOOL' 'I Did Not Know at That Stage Whether I Was Going to Be Raped or Murdered'

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

A WOMAN said today she feared she would be raped after celebrity publicist Max Clifford allegedly threw himself on her in his car when she was 14.

The witness told a court that Clifford picked her up after school in a Wimpy Bar in Morden, south London, and offered to give her a lift home.

But instead of driving to her parents' house nearby he drove in the opposite direction and parked in a cul-de-sac under a railway bridge where he allegedly assaulted her.

The woman, now 62, was the first witness in the trial of Clifford who denies 11 counts of indecently assaulting seven women aged 14 to 19 between 1966 and 1984.

She told Southwark crown court that she would go to the Wimpy Bar after school in 1966 and Clifford would sit on his own in a corner with a coffee.

She said friends had told her he had an amazing job meeting bands and stars. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had nothing in common with Clifford, who was in his twenties at the time, and they only used to say hello to each other.

The woman told the court that one day she went to the cafe in her uniform after school but her friends were not there and Clifford offered to give her a lift home.

At first she refused but he was insistent, saying he had something to show her. She got in his car and he drove off but he took her in the opposite direction to her parents' home. When she protested, he kept saying that he had something to show her. When they stopped in a cul-de-sac he got out a book and started showing her pictures of himself with bands of the time, the jury was told.

She told the court: "He got a book out and he was saying, 'Look there is me with all the stars'. " She said he showed her a picture of himself with Sixties bands such as The Beatles and possibly the Rolling Stones.

"He said, 'Who do you want to meet?' I said I did not want to meet anyone, I just want to go home."

He then asked her if there was one particular band she would like to meet and she said the Walker Brothers, which was one of the bands in the book he showed her. …

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