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PR for hire: Max Clifford looks for work

After the disgraced PR guru Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a series of indecent assaults, he was forced to close his management firm with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of debts.
Still, word reaches Mr S that Clifford’s jail term hasn’t stopped him from trying to trade off his now toxic brand.

Simon Cowell’s former right hand man has apparently been calling around management firms across London to try and win some freelance work.
‘No-one could quite believe it was really him on the phone,’ my mole says. ‘But he was genuine, he said that since he has had to close Max Clifford Associates he could do with the work.’

Clifford — who lost his appeal earlier this month to cut his eight-year jail term for a string of indecent assaults — could indeed do with the money. He re-mortgaged his £3.5 million home ahead of his trial and could face more financial woe if his victims claim compensation.

In his heyday, Clifford helped John Prescott’s former squeeze Tracey Temple sell her account of their affair to the Mail on Sunday for ‘an awful lot more’ than £100,000.

Tellingly, however, Steerpike is yet to hear of a firm who has actually taken him up on his dubious offer.

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