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Tabloid Legends: Benjamin Pell the Bin Man

TABLOID legends: Benjamin Pell the Bin Man used the so-called dark arts to get a story. He was very good at it.

….for all his idiosyncrasies, Pell is highly intelligent and could have had an illustrious career had he not flunked his exams after blowing £70,000 on a horse in the Derby the day before his finals in 1986. He eventually took a third class law degree from University College London and founded a cleaning company. But it was a large bag of confidential letters outside the bins of London estate agents EA Shaw that set him off on a more lucrative line, selling stories to papers.

For years, he would go out at night, dressed as a binman to fish through the rubbish of top law firms and talent agencies. He was rewarded with some big stories, notably those about Elton John’s cash problems and Jonathan Aitken’s misdemeanours. He was in constant demand from Sunday newspapers which would pay huge sums for his findings.

“I did my last bin raid in February 2001 because I was involved in [TV presenter] Jill Dando’s murder case, and I had to go to the Old Bailey every day” he says, “I’m a completely different animal now.”

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Posted: 12th, November 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Max Clifford’s Victims Give Sky News A Ratings Boost

MAX Clifford has lost his appeal against his eight year sentence for sex offences. The PR fixer remains in prison. His victims remain damaged:

Sky News has apologised over an error which led to one of Max Clifford’s victims being named in a recorded broadcast of his appeal… The woman, who has lifelong anonymity under the terms of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, complained to the police when she heard her name 17 minutes into an edited clip which went out on Sky’s website on October 10.

Sky took the clip down. But did you catch the error?

Sky’s counsel, Adrienne Page QC, claimed that the maximum number of viewers was five – including the victim…

Websites aren’t taking over the news business yet, are they…

Posted: 10th, November 2014 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment

The Best Bit Of Max Clifford Graffiti You’ll See Today

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of sexual abuse. He good use a good media wrangler:


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Spotter: Popbitch

Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment

When Max Clifford Met Mandy Allwood: Police, Power, Sex, Money And Tabloids

MAX Clifford has been found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault.

Ron Greenslade recalls his dealings with the great story fixer. He focuses on the story of Mandy Allwood. Britain’s own Octomum, gave birth to two girls and six boys in September 1996. They were premature.

Within hours of being born, all of the children had died.


Mandy Allwood with her partner Paul Hudson with the coffins of the eight unborn babies of Mandy Allwood are carried in procession during their funeral in West Norwood Cemetery, London. Max Clifford her publicist stands behind her Ref #: PA.1064797  Date: 14/10/1996

Mandy Allwood with her partner Paul Hudson with the coffins of the eight unborn babies of Mandy Allwood are carried in procession during their funeral in West Norwood Cemetery, London. Max Clifford her publicist stands behind her
Date: 14/10/1996


Mandy and the babies – Kypros, Adam, Martyn, Cassius, Nelson, Donald, Kitali and Layne – were big news, as they had been ever since she had hired a publicist. He was, of course, Max Clifford.

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Max Clifford: If He’s So Good At PR Why Does Everyone Think He’s Such A Cock?


MAX Clifford has been found guilty of 8 counts of indecent assault.

The BBC:

Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults on women and girls as young as 15. The 71-year-old, from Surrey, was convicted of a string of assaults which happened over nearly 20 years.

Before the verdict, Max represented (according to his website):

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Max Clifford on orgies an editor’s threesome and risky sex

Historic sex abuse allegations

IN READ ALL ABOUT IT Max Clifford and Angela Levin wrote about the PR guru’s life.

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Posted: 27th, April 2013 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Max Clifford charged with sexual assault: tabloids weigh-in on PR fixer’s ‘nightmare’

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MAX Clifford has been charged with 11 “sex attacks”. The tabloids, which once pumped out Clifford’s PR-laced guff now get to write about the man.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, says:

“We have carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Max Clifford, who was initially arrested on 6 December 2012 over allegations of sexual offences. Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants.”

“Mr Clifford will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28 May 2013. We have also decided that there is insufficient evidence to authorise charges in relation to three separate allegations. These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and our guidance for prosecutors on sexual offences.

“May I remind all concerned that Mr Clifford has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”

Max Clifford says:

“The allegations in respect of which I have been charged are completely false and I have made this clear to the police during many, many hours of interviews. Nevertheless a decision has been taken to charge me with 11 offences involving seven women, the most recent of which is 28 years ago and the oldest 47 years ago. I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings.

“I am naturally disappointed about today’s decision, particularly because of the distress it has caused my wife, Jo, my daughter, Louise, and all those close to me. However, at least I will now be in a position to fully consider all the evidence against me and to answer the evidence in public and ultimately clear my name in a court of law.

“Since last December I have been living a 24/7 nightmare. A black cloud has been placed over me, obliterating the bright blue skies that I have been fortunate to live my life under for the vast majority of the past 70 years. Fortunately I have and continue to receive wonderful support and understanding from those who knew me, those who know me, as well as people I meet everywhere I go. This has made this nightmare so much easier to cope with and I am extremely grateful for this as you can imagine.”

The charges are:

The charges Mr Clifford is facing in full are as follows:

• One offence of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 14, in 1966
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1974/75
• Three offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1977/78
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1978
• Two offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 16 or 17, in 1981/82
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1980/81
• Two offences of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1984/85

Such are the facts.

Posted: 27th, April 2013 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Can Max Clifford make paedophilia a celebrity disease like cancer?

THE celebrity culture taught us that private tragedy is public grief. So. Max Clifford. How will the press react to the arrest of the tabloid hero who has handled so many shag ‘n’ tells? Mr Clifford must be presumed innocent. But he’s a celeb, isn’t he. A face. And in the current clime we are not to trust the familiar and the connected.

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Posted: 6th, December 2012 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Max Clifford needs a good PR man: celebrity fixer arrested in Operation Yewtree

OH. MAX Clifford, former orgy facilitator and go-to man for tabloid shag ‘n’ tells has been arrested as part of the witch-hunt / hysteria / investigation into historic sex offences. Reports are that Clifford was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Yewtree.

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Posted: 6th, December 2012 | In: Celebrities | Comments (5)

After The Tabloids’ Monstering Rebecca Leighton Lets Max Clifford Use The Media To Her Advantage: Video

REBECCA Leighton is the nurse who did not kill anyone Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Reports are that she did admit to stealing opiate-based drugs. But she killed no-one.

Anorak has detailed how the media monstered her. Chief among her attackers was the Daily Mail. It now reports:

A nurse accused of tampering with saline solution at a hospital spoke today of her horror at being branded an ‘angel of death’ and ‘killer nurse’ by newspapers.

Newspapers. Care to name names? Well, the Daily Star wrote:

“NURSE IN ANGEL OF DEATH QUIZ” – Daily Star, July 21

“ANGEL Of Death suspect Rebecca Leighton was last night being quizzed over two more deaths as pals said: ‘She wouldn’t hurt a fly.'” – Daily Star July 22

“HERO NURSE NABS ‘ANGEL OF DEATH'” – Daily Star, July 23

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Posted: 20th, September 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2)

Cheryl Cole’s US X Factor Audition Tape: Nation’s Sweetheart Bombs In America

CHERLY Cole has been “AXED AGAIN”. No sooner has the UK version of the X Factor announced its judging panel (Gary Barlow, Zig ‘n’ Zag, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and Kelly Rowland) than the nation’s sweetheart is told she’s not wanted on the show’s US version. Maybe one of the UK’s judges will suddenly leave and Chezza will step in to save the day?

We are in the age of the Cheryl Cole conspiracy theory. While some are wondering how she managed to get on in the first place, others are wondering how she managed to get off. Anorak hears that Cowell was threatened by Grassy Knoll, a fabled FBI agent working in cahoots with the Bilderberg Group’s Illuminati divsion basded in Max Clifford’s suite at the Vatican.

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Posted: 29th, May 2011 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment

Raoul Moat: NoTW Buys Sam Stobbart’s Story For Six Figures And Creates The Legend

RAOUL Moat. Say what you like about the media’s folk hero, or join a cult, but he takes care of his loved ones. He took care of Samantha Stobbart with guns – and now she’s sold her story to the press for six figures.

This is the press that hate just hate – the idea what people can hero worship Mot. They hate it so much that they will burnish his celebrity with a story from the ex-lover he shot and whose boyfriend he murdered.

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Posted: 16th, July 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment

Anna Chapman’s Ex-Husband Alex Chapman Hires Max Clifford To Sell His Story

ANNA Chapman, aka alleged spy Anna Kushchenko smells of money. Anna’s former husband, Alex Chapman of Bournemouth, Dorset, has hired the publicist Max Clifford.

Stood in front of a two Bentleys, Max tells the BBC news about Anna going to showbiz events – premieres and the like.

Max says “everybody is desperately keen to speak to him [Alex Chapman] now”.


Unelss, of course, Anna Chapman is not a spy…


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Posted: 2nd, July 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment

Shaddap You Face: John & Edward Fight To Bring Back The Novelty Christmas Song

jedwardX FACTOR Watch: Jedward walks, Max Clifford stalks, Pete Warterman puts on rose-tinted specs for Pop Idol, Cheryl Cole’s teeth are wanted, Dannii Minogue is a sight screen and Anorak’s campaign to bring back the novelty record…

Jedward, the two–headed beast, move onto another week’s awfulness. They need to make it truly terrible to keep their bandwagon going. It’s not easy to be hated. Look at Noel Edmonds.

They say that when Jedward sings the world heats up and a polar bar suffocates. They say the CIA are using recordings of Jedward to torture prisoners’ gonads. They say Jedward are husband and wife, hailing from a small factory in China.

They say they must win to restore the novelty record to its rightful place as the Christmas no.1. Where is the new Renee and Renato? Mr Blobby? Bob The Builder?

And after Christmas, where is the new Father Abraham’s crooning for his Smurfs, T.U.R.T.L.E. Power, The Purple People Eater and anything by STEPS? Jedward… We need you to bring back the novelty Christmas record.

To today’s X Factor news:

Herald (Ireland): “No stopping Jedward now as celeb agent Max Clifford is set to snap up the twins”

X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes are being lined up by celebrity agent Max Clifford as their popularity soars.

Look out for Jedward pulling on matching Chelsea kits, shagging a bit-part actress and becoming the new Kerry Katonas.

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Posted: 5th, November 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (3)

Jedward Do The X Factor: The Most Amazing Things About John & Edward Mania

jedwardX FACTOR  Watch – Jedward special: Simon Cowell fixed it for Jedward, Halloween and bust, swine flu, Robbie Williams supports, Noel Gallagher cheers, JLS are on  message, Danyl Johnson votes John & Edward, the look-alikes and Jedward sing YMCA…

ON the front pages of the Mirror, Sun and Star, each time dressed as vampires ready to administer a love bite to anyone close enough, and so create another Jedward clone, the brothers Grimes introduce Halloween.

The Mirror: “X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes may be too sick to perform”

The sick so-and-sos. What they gone and done now?

Simon Cowell’s prayers could be answered – terrible twins John and Edward have been SILENCED by raging sore throats.

If they can’t sing, John & Edward get a pass through to the next round. Happily, Queen’s We Will Rock You is along with YMCA the world’s big semaphore hit and John & Edward can still perform with camping and foot stamping while stood on a large rock.

But the Brothers Grimes are now bona fide celebrities and a sore throat is not enough. As stars they demands more:

THE X Factor twins have been struck down with “flu-like” symptoms – just 24 hours after The Sun revealed the pair were at risk from swine flu.

Belfast Telegraph: “X Factor: Would you vote for the Grimes brothers?”

At his BBC Electric Proms performance last week Robbie stunned the crowd when he told them: “Go for the twins. John and Edward all the way.”

Well, if you can’t stun the crowd with your singing your new song that sounds like a composite blend of your own song with lyrics penned by an angst-riddled teenager, knock them bandy with something else.

And it’s not only Robbie Williams who likes Jedward:

Last year’s X Factor runners-up JLS have also given them the thumbs up, and even Noel Gallagher is reported to be behind them.

You imagine X Factor runners-up JLS like them because it reflects well on them to support a special needs act, and Noel Gallagher likes them because it’s pretty much what Simon Cowell’s pop factory deserves.

X Factor favourite Danyl Johnson, who is being mentored by their nemesis Simon Cowell, has revealed that he’s been voting to keep the twins in.

Danyl Johnson is so desperate to be likes he votes for John & Edward and then let’s this fact be know to the world at large. Others need John & Edward to remind the rest of us that they exist:

And John and Edward have also won the support of Big Brother reject Becky Shiner, who waited outside the X Factor house for hours to see them.

And to be seen.

The Guardian: “X Factor twins John and Edward pin victory hope on talent for publicity”

Simon Cowell described them as “vile little creatures who would step on their mother’s head to have a hit” and vowed to leave the country and sulk for six months if they won. Cheryl Cole said they could neither sing nor dance (“fact”) and more than 181,000 people joined a Facebook hate group in their name.

Hundreds of journalists quite about them.

“It’s been Jedward mania this week,” said Sam Delaney, the editor of Heat. “We’ve hit the tipping point. It’s up there with Bros mania, or Take That at their peak.” Delaney said the rise of JedwoodJohn and Edward mirrored the ascent of another upwardly mobile public figure. “There are parallels here with David Cameron,” he said. “People started off loathing him, then they started mocking him and then one day we woke up and thought: ‘Jesus Christ, he could actually win this.'”

Surely he thought, “Simon Cowell, he could actually win this.” Cowell is bigger. Right, Max:

Publicist Max Clifford believed people were voting to wind up Cowell. “The more Simon speaks out about them the way he does, the better it gets for them.”

The more media space they get the more people are familiar with them and the more likely they are to vote for them. Simon Cowell! John & Edward are Nick Griffin set to music!

But wait a moment. What’s this?

The Sun: “Simon loves Jedward”

SIMON Cowell secretly loves X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes and hatched a plot to turn them into megastars FOUR MONTHS ago, The Sun can reveal.

What’s this? The voting public is being duped? Louis and Simon are in this together!

Westlife’s Shane Filan said Simon and Louis showed footage of the boys to him and his bandmates in June, declaring: “They’re going to be massive.” And he said Simon knows the duo will have a big TV career even if they flop as pop stars.

Shane, 30, whose band is managed by Louis, the twins’ mentor, said: “We went with Louis to Simon’s house in LA and they took us to a room with a cinema and said, ‘We want to play you something.’ They played us John and Edward and Simon said, ‘They’re going to be massive.’ We were like, ‘Oh my god, they’ve gone crazy!’ It was when they did their first audition and they were asked where they’d be in ten years’ time and they were like, ‘We’re gonna be a bit older.’ And Simon said, ‘These are going to make it in the final 12.’

So it’s a fix. Cowell and Walsh are in an elite club of two that sets the agenda as to who wins their TV show.  And you trust the Sun to bring you the facts:

The Sun told this week how the twins scored the highest vote on last weekend’s show, while Simon’s act Danyl finished in the bottom two.

Only they didn’t. Rachel did. John & Edward came nearer the bottom than the top. Is the Sun in on this conspiracy to promote Jedward?

Irish Times: “The public’s guilty pleasure”

You can hear the editor screaming: “Get me a few hundred words on Jedward fast. A writer gets to work:

WE ARE ALWAYS more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess than to be praised for the 15 which we do possess.” Clearly, Mark Twain wasn’t an X Factor devotee, but his words are cannily spot-on when it comes to Dublin twins John and Edward Grimes. Talent – in musical terms anyway – doesn’t ooze from their collective pores, and some critics question whether they have any skills at all, let alone 15 of them.

Spot on, then. One thing we can agree on, and the writer can agree with himself on is this:

Cringey? Yes. Camp? Certainly. But it was so damn watchable, even if you had to peek through your fingers.

To win the show, Jedward need to be as awful as possible. Anorak has produced their playlist to ensure success. And do look at their look-alike gallery – your suggestions please…

Posted: 31st, October 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (2)

Jade Goody’s Mum Jackiey Is A Damn Lady, Attacks Jeff Brazier

6919201A MISSIVE from Jade Goody Industries drops through the post box, containing the latest minutes of the AGM, as told to the News of The World by the Goody Mum.

The chairman, Max Clifford, introduces the board members to today’s agenda:

JADE Goody’s distraught mum Jackiey fears she’ll lose her two precious grandchildren for ever after an explosive row with their dad Jeff Brazier. She begged her tragic daughter’s ex not to stop her seeing the boys, pleading…

Jackiey Bidden, for it is she, raises to her feet, as best she is able, and delivers:

“You HAVE to understand. . . Jack lost a wife, I lost a daughter and Bobby and Freddie lost a mum – you never lost anything! I’m NOT living without the boys. Please Jeff, you CAN’T cut me off from them, they’re all I have left of Jade.”

The shareholders – members of the tabloid press – fidget in their seats. It’s good news but can the Jade Goody brand survive a schism? Will Jackiey be able to work the Jade goody mines alone?

An institutional shareholder, News International, stands up and announces:

Bisexual ex-junkie Jackiey Budden, 51, (pictured above) spoke out after the News of the World revealed that GMTV star Brazier vowed to BAN widowed stepdad Jack Tweed from contact with his sons – aged six and four – and threatened to RESTRICT their access to their gran.

His move followed 22-year-old Tweed’s arrest on a rape charge and Jackiey’s shameful drunken rant in a Tenerife bar where she bragged of using the F-word to discipline the kids.

Now Jackiey is addressing the investors:

“I used to scream, shout and swear. But I’m not like that any more. I’ve become a lady.”

Later adding:

“Jeff knows damn well I don’t let those boys swear. I would never dare look at my grandchildren and say ‘F*** off!‘ They’re good boys. But Jeff didn’t wait and he didn’t listen, he just jumped on the bandwagon.”

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Posted: 18th, October 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment

News Of The World Journalists Accused In Phone Tapping Probe

phone-tappingNEWS Group, the media giant owned by Rupert Murdoch, is reported to have stumped up £1m in court costs after its journalists at the News of The World were accused of involvement in phone tapping to get stories, writes the Guardian.

The Guardian claims News Group paid £700,000 in damages and costs to Gordon Taylor, the chief of the Professional Footballers Union.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists’ repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.

A spokesman for News International says in ambiguous language:

“This particular case means nothing to anyone here, and I’ve talked to all the people who would be involved.”

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Posted: 8th, July 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment

Susan Boyle Extends Her Sympathies To Gordon Brown

susan-boyle-nutsSUSAN Boyle Watch: Anorak’s-at-a-glance look at Susan Boyle in the news – featuring the madness of Susan Boyle, Gordon Brown and Britain Wot Talent?

You Scum!

Today she’s in a London psychiatric clinic, suffering from “emotional exhaustion.” Thanks to us – Lauren Beckham Falcone, Boston Herald

Turning Her Back On Fame

“She told me that after the final, she wants to come back and resume her previous life,” one of Boyle’s neighbours, 24-year-old housewife Vicky McLean, told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

“She doesn’t want to make millions and go to America, she just wants to sing. I think all she really hopes to have out of it is enough money to buy her house”AFP

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Posted: 4th, June 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1)

Susan Boyle: Susan’s Imaginary Friend

susan-boyle-imaginary-friendSUSAN Boyle Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Susan Boyle in the news – Susan Boyle’s imaginary friend, Simon Cowell calls and Max Clifford promises…

Daily Mirror (front page): “Simon backs Susan”


Mark Jefferies and Maggie Barry learn that Simon Cowell, the man who made Susan Boyle – and who will make from Susan Boyle – wants her to do well.

Simon Cowell has personally called Susan Boyle to tell her: “Whatever you decide, I will support you unconditionally.”

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Posted: 3rd, June 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (3)

Jade Goody Spins On Jack’s Turntables

jade-goodyJACK Tweed, Mr Jade Goody, is hosting a getting-out-of-jail party at Essex’s Faces nightclub and his agent Max Clifford is offering comment.

It appears to be a crass attempt to drum up a bit of money for themselves off Jade’s back, and it’s a crying shame.”

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Posted: 1st, June 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (3)

The Queen Writes To Jade Goody

JADE Goody is back on the cover of OK!, telling readers: “HOW THE QUEEN GRANTED MY DYING WISH.”

Her Majesty was caught short with Princess Diana and would not make the same mistake twice. She has responded to the nation’s pleas and lowered the flag to half-mast.

It turns out that Jade is not being channelled by the medium of OK! and that these bon mots are not words from the hereafter – “Ambrosia-pops are mental”; “St Peter wants me evicted”; “Max, God says ‘Call Me” – but taken from Jade’s new book, Jade: Forever In My Heart.

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Posted: 14th, April 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1)

Jade Goody Christmas Club Party


It’s Jade’s last Christmas. But before that, a few words from Gabby Hinsliff in the Guardian’s, er, business pages:

The recession may not have killed the cult of celebrity, as the media circus around Jade Goody recently proved, but there are glimmers of a new mood of intellectual seriousness.

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Posted: 12th, April 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (3)

Jade Goody Is A Turner Prize Exhibit

JADE Goody: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Jade Goody’s post-reality career, with Mark McGowan’s art tribute…

Jade Goody’s death to be turned into an ‘art’ work. No, not the big Madame Tussauds Goody Friday life-size tribute candle – pick a wick, any wick.

Mark McGowan will re-enact the final hours of Jade Goody’s life. It’s not a parody, but a tribute.

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Posted: 12th, April 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1)

Jade Goody’s Anthea Turner Moment

JADE Goody: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Jade Goody’s post-reality career, with her chocolate grave…

THE Mail looks on as “Grieving Jack Tweed struggled to hold back his tears today as he made an Easter visit to his wife Jade Goody’s grave to leave fresh flowers”.

Read: Jade Goody’s Easter Egg Hunt

After Goody Friday, it might be that Jade is no longer there?

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Posted: 11th, April 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1)