– Public relations adviser Max Clifford has become the latest high-profile figure to be arrested by detectives working on the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation.

The 69-year-old, who has spent his career managing the affairs of celebrities caught up in potentially scandalous situation, was held on suspicion of sexual offences on Thursday as part of Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree investigation.

Police refused to confirm the identity of the person arrested, but said the allegations were not connected to the decades of child sex abuse carried out by Savile, the late television presenter.

Mr Clifford has protested his innocence, describing the allegations as damaging and totally untrue.

Mr Clifford, who has been a regular fixture on television commenting about Operation Yewtree arrests, was detained at his home in Walton-on Thames, Surrey. He was taken to a London police station for questioning while detectives removed items from the home he shares with his second wife, Jo.

The publicist’s lawyer, Charlotte Harris, of Mischon de Reya, confirmed Mr Clifford was interviewed by detectives and had assisted the detectives as best as he could. It remains unclear whether the arrest of Mr Clifford is linked to allegations of child abuse, but sources close to him insisted that he was not be accused of paedophilia.

Mr Clifford is the sixth person to be formally questioned by officers from Operation Yewtree, which was set up in October when hundreds of people came forward to allege they had been abused by “Top of the Pops” presenter Savile or other well-known figures.

Among those arrested are 1970s pop star Gary Glitter, former Radio One DJ Lee Travis and comedian Freddie Starr – The Age


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