Publicist held in BBC sex abuse inquiry

Max Clifford, Britain’s most high-profile celebrity publicist, was arrested for alleged sex crimes on Thursday by a special police unit set up in the wake of an abuse scandal involving a former BBC TV star, his lawyer said.

Clifford, 69, made his name and fortune helping some of Britain’s most famous people defend and shape their reputations in the country’s muckraking tabloid press and has been a longstanding media pundit on celebrity scandal and the press.

He is the fifth person to be arrested since police launched an extensive inquiry into sex crime allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, one of the BBC’s most high-profile stars in the 1970s and 80s. His arrest suggests detectives are continuing to expand the scope of their investigation.

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