Max Clifford says celebs are “terrified” they’ll be implicated in Jimmy Savile scandal, adding, “They never asked for anybody’s birth certificate”
PR guru Max Clifford, who represents some of the biggest names in show business, has told The Guardian that right now, there are dozens of “terrified” male celebrities who fear they could be implicated in the shocking Sir Jimmy Savile scandal.
Just yesterday, we reported that comedian Jim Davidson wrote on his personal blog that a “household name” male celebrity was about to be unmasked as a “Savile number two” alleged paedophile, and the Metropolitan Police have recently confirmed that there are a number of celebrities they want to question in response to allegations of child sex abuse.
However, according to Clifford, those in fear of being dragged into the sordid mess were themselves teenagers during the 60s and 70s, which is of course the time period when it was first alleged that Savile had been accused of being a paedophile, and when they dated young girls, they “didn’t ask for anybody’s birth certificate.”
Scotland Yard is heading up the current investigation into accusations of abuse by the former BBC DJ and TV presenter Savile, which now involves around 300 possible victims.
The paper adds, “Officers have searched a cottage belonging to Savile in Allt na Reigh in Glencoe, Scotland, to look for ‘any evidence of any others being involved in any offending with him’.”
To the paper, Clifford remarked, “All kinds of things went on and I do mean young girls throwing themselves at them in their dressing rooms at concert halls, at gigs, whatever.
“They never asked for anybody’s birth certificate and they were young lads … suddenly everyone’s dream was a reality.
“We are talking about a lot of people that were huge names in the 60s and 70s and a lot of them barely remember what they did last week, genuinely.
“For them to try and recount what happened in a dressing room in 1965 or 1968 or 1972, genuinely they are frightened to death.”
He added, “I am hoping that the real predators are the ones we are going to find out about…
“The [Gary] Glitters of this world, the Saviles of this world, not people that were randy young pop stars in the 1960s, 70s and 80s even, that had women throwing themselves at them everywhere they went, because that is a whole different area and a whole different situation.
“No one had heard the word paedophile in those days, the 60s and 70s.”
Meanwhile, a representative of the Catholic Church said that the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichol has written to Vatican, asking the Holy See to investigate the possibility of posthumously removing Savile’s title of ‘Sir’ in recognition of the “deep distress” of his alleged victims.
We’ll keep you posted on any new developments in the case.