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Max Clifford: 'Sex abuse allegations are damaging and totally untrue'

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Max Clifford has strongly denied the "damaging and totally untrue" historical sex abuse allegations against him.

The publicist was arrested this morning (December 6) by officers from Operation Yewtree, the investigation set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile controversy.

Max Clifford, Belgravia police station,

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[Max Clifford speaks to the media outside Belgravia police station last night (December 6)]

Clifford has since been released by Metropolitan Police on bail and delivered a statement outside the central London station.

Confirming that he is facing two accusations dating back to 1977, the 69-year-old said: "These allegations are damaging and totally untrue.

"On a personal level, they are very distressing for myself, my wife and loved ones.

"Anyone who really knew me all those years ago, and those who have known me since, will have no doubt that I would never act in the way I have today been accused."

Watch Max Clifford read his statement outside the police station below:



Clifford is the fifth person to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.

Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis and ex-TV producer Wilfred De'Ath are believed to be the other four individuals arrested and later bailed as part of the investigation.

An unnamed man in his 80s was questioned last week.

The Savile abuse scandal and consequent controversy over a Panorama documentary being pulled from the BBC's schedule last year eventually led to the departure of BBC director general George Entwistle.

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