UK publicist Max Clifford arrested in sex abuse inquiry

LONDON: High-profile British PR consultant Max Clifford was arrested Thursday as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree investigation into sexual offences, according to multiple media reports in the UK.

LONDON: High-profile British PR consultant Max Clifford was arrested Thursday as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree investigation into sexual offences, according to multiple media reports in the UK.

News sources including the BBC, The Guardian, and Sky News have named Clifford as the man the Met announced had been arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual offences.

A Scotland Yard statement this morning read: "Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning, Thursday 6 December, arrested a man in his 60s [Yewtree 6] in connection with the investigation.

"The man from Surrey was arrested at 07:40hrs on suspicion of sexual offences and has been taken into a central London police station.

"The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Others.' We are not prepared to discuss further."

Operation Yewtree was launched in October to investigate historic allegations of sexual abuse after accusations that British TV presenter Jimmy Savile sexually abused numerous young people during his broadcasting career at the BBC.

The "Others" category the Met's statement refers to relates to allegations that are not connected to Savile.

Clifford is one of the UK's highest profile PR practitioners. He established his agency Max Clifford Associates in 1970 and has represented a vast array of celebrity clients including Simon Cowell, Jade Goody and Mohammed Fayed.

Clifford is yet to comment on the news.

A version of this article originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.

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