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Woman accuses Clifford claimant of 'not telling truth'

An alleged victim of celebrity publicist Max Clifford is not telling the truth and made allegations against him to "jump on the bandwagon", a woman has told his trial.

The witness told Southwark Crown Court, London, her ex-boyfriend was once married to a woman who previously gave evidence against the 70-year-old, claiming he had assaulted her when she was 14.

Giving evidence, the woman said he told her he had been asked to "corroborate" his ex-wife's story, but in reality "nothing had happened".

Clifford is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven girls and women - all of which he denies.

Asked by defence barrister Richard Horwell, QC, what her motivation for coming to court was, the witness said: "To tell the truth. Because I felt they were not telling the truth."

Questioned about what her ex-boyfriend told her about the alleged victim, she said: "That when they first married she had told him all about this incident.

"She and a friend were outside a club in London and that Max Clifford had offered them a lift home but that nothing had happened."

Clifford, who listened to the evidence with the aid of a hearing loop, later smiled broadly as his brother, Harold, entered the court room to give evidence as a defence witness.

Mr Clifford, 77, said he suspected his sibling had an affair with one woman, but did not know of any others he had extra-marital relationships with.

He added he would not have expected him to speak to his family of such matters.

The trial continues.

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