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Max Clifford
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    (April 6, 1943-December 10, 2017)
    Born in Kington upon Thames, England, United Kingdom
    Founded the public relations firm Max Clifford Associates
    Clients included Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando, Joe Cocker, O.J. Simpson, Simon Cowell, Rebecca Loos, Jane Goody and Chelsea Football Club
    Arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, an investigation of sexual abuse allegations in the wake of the death of Jimmy Savile
    Convicted on eight counts of indecent assault and sentenced to eight years in prison (May 2, 2014)
    He invented stories about his clients, perhaps most famously getting The Sun to run a story on comedian Freddie Starr eating a hamster.
    He claimed to have helped several gay soccer players conceal their sexual orientation and project a straight image.
    He paid damages to settle a defamation suit filed by Neil and Christine Hamilton after he represented a woman who falsely accused the Hamiltons of sexual abuse.
    He was ordered to pay £5,000 to former client Paul Burrell for leaking private information about Burrell to News of the World reporter <31605>Rebekah Brooks<31605>.
    The general director of the Public Relations and Communications Association said, ‘He did our industry a disservice by pretending to be part of it…. We repeatedly condemned his work as being the opposite of ethical practice.’
    Accused of being a name dropper, he replied, without intentional irony, ‘Why would I need to name drop when I’ve represented the Beatles?’
    He would promise teenagers movie or TV parts if they slept with him, then would call them up while pretending to be Aaron Spelling or Cubby Broccoli.
    He publicly declared his contempt for pedophiles like Jonathan King and Gary Glitter while having sex with girls as young as thirteen.
    Judge Anthony Leonard imposed a longer sentence than expected on him, based on his ‘contemptuous attitude,’ including laughing in court at accusations made against him.
    While working in the press department of EMI Records, he handled publicity for the Beatles’ first single.
    When Simon Cowell was asked by Piers Morgan what his best career decision had been, Cowell replied, ‘Hiring Max Clifford.’
    He exposed Jeffrey Archer’s perjury.
    He received over £1 million from News of the World to settle the lawsuit he filed after the tabloid hacked his voicemail.

Credit: C. Fishel


    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 115 Votes: 71.30% Annoying
 
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