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Publicist Max Clifford bragged about sleeping with Diana Ross, court hears

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Mar 18, 2014 | 1:13pm EDT

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford attempted to land a teenage model as a client after boasting of sleeping with superstar Diana Ross, a London court has heard. The British public relations guru, who previously represented Frank Sinatra and Muhammad Ali, is currently on trial on sex abuse charges amid allegations he molested seven young females, aged between 14 and 19, over an 18-year period from 1966. During proceedings on Tuesday (18Mar14), a woman, whose identity has not been released for legal reasons, told the court she approached Clifford for career advice in 1983, when she was just 17, and was surprised when he bragged about bedding soul star Ross. She testified, "For me, Diana Ross was a very beautiful, famous woman, I couldn't imagine why she would sleep with him." She then accused Clifford of groping her breasts and arms after he encouraged her to strip off so he could see her figure, saying, "At this point I'm feeling utterly stupid, totally in shock, I'm just not doing anything." The purported victim went on to reveal that Clifford had told her she could land a role in a James Bond movie, but may have to sleep with the film's producer. The evidence detailing Clifford's alleged boasts about a Ross romp emerges five days after another witness claimed he had bragged to her about sleeping with movie beauty Julie Christie. Clifford, 70, denies 11 charges of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984. The trial continues.

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